2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Thank you for taking part in the 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  We encourage you to continue to explore ways to put reconciliation into action.

Sings Many Songs Women (Pearl White Quills, Deb Green and Noreen Demeria) sang for the opening of the healing garden at the Alberta Children's Hospital, a place of refuge for patients, staff and physicians. Photo courtesy of Albert Woo

Wearing an orange shirt symbolizes the harm done to residential school students and their families, and shows a commitment to the principle that every child matters. By acknowledging and understanding the truth of the past, we can take steps to move forward towards reconciliation.

AHS has been commemorating Orange Shirt Day on September 30 for many years, to recognize the history and truthful impacts of residential schools in Alberta. The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 after a Residential School Survivor spoke about having the orange shirt her grandmother bought for her taken away on her first day of school when she was 6 years old. Read her story here.

In 2021, Orange Shirt Day became the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. AHS will be commemorating the day with reflective sessions on Thursday, September 29. (Watch the recorded presentations here.) We encourage everyone to honour September 30 as a day of personal reflection or to take part in events in your community.

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Sings Many Songs Women (Pearl White Quills, Deb Green and Noreen Demeria) sang for the opening of the healing garden at the Alberta Children's Hospital, a place of refuge for patients, staff and physicians. Photo courtesy of Albert Woo

Wearing an orange shirt symbolizes the harm done to residential school students and their families, and shows a commitment to the principle that every child matters. By acknowledging and understanding the truth of the past, we can take steps to move forward towards reconciliation.

AHS has been commemorating Orange Shirt Day on September 30 for many years, to recognize the history and truthful impacts of residential schools in Alberta. The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 after a Residential School Survivor spoke about having the orange shirt her grandmother bought for her taken away on her first day of school when she was 6 years old. Read her story here.

In 2021, Orange Shirt Day became the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. AHS will be commemorating the day with reflective sessions on Thursday, September 29. (Watch the recorded presentations here.) We encourage everyone to honour September 30 as a day of personal reflection or to take part in events in your community.

*Please note: this page is moderated and any inappropriate or disrespectful content will be edited and/or removed.

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  • 10 - Take a walk on the Land

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    Take a walk on the land and offer Tobacco in honor of the children who attended residential school. Learn more about traditional tobacco here. Share your reflections.

  • 11 - Research the TRC Calls to Action

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    Research the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's calls to actions: select a call to action and document how you plan to take action towards the call that you selected. Consider what you are already doing.

  • 12 - Watch "Reconciliation on the Prairies"

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    Watch the documentary Reconciliation on the Prairies, and share your learnings.

  • 13 - Speak with others

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    Speak with colleagues, family or friends about your reflections from the month. Make a commitment for how you plan to continue your reconciliation journey.

  • 14 - Attend an event

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    Attend an in-person event in your local area to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Add it to the map on our Community Events activity.

  • 15 - Watch this session on Tenets of Allyship

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    For National Indigenous People Month, this presentation defined the term Allyship and outlined how significant the role of an ally is with dismantling colonial ideologies.

     

  • 16 - Learn how to engage in a good way

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    Learn more about how you can work in a good way with Indigenous communities and organizations by watching this presentation on Engaging Indigenous People - Meaningfully.


  • 17 - Educate yourself about the impacts of racism in our health care system

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    Educate yourself about the impacts of racism in our health care system by watching Quality of Care in the Emergency Department for First Nation Members in Alberta by Lea Bill and Dr. Patrick McLean or Dr. Pamela Roach's presentation The Reality of Indigenous Health Systems Safety: Anti-Indigenous Racism Among Physicians in Alberta and Dr. Fiona Clement's presentation Strategies to Combat Anti-Indigenous Racism in the Healthcare System. 



  • 18 - Things you may not know about the Indian Act

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    Watch this video where Bob Joseph explains the Indian Act.


  • 19 - Explore opportunities to participate

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    Explore opportunities to participate - check out Culture Days.