National day for truth and reconciliation.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Activities and Events in the Edmonton region

Published On
September 27, 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022

Edmonton Global’s office will be closed on September 30, 2022, in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day, which is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day to raise awareness of the impacts of residential schools on individuals, families, and communities. The orange shirt symbolizes the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. Everyone is encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 30th in memory of lives lost and to honour the survivors of residential schools.

This is a time for reflection, learning, and understanding. Our staff are encouraged to use this time to participate in events and activities in the community to deepen their understanding of the tragic and painful history and the ongoing hardships caused by residential schools.

Calling Our Spirits Back

Calling Our Spirits Back is the closest activity to the Edmonton Global office and is held in partnership with Creating Hope Society, Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, Greater Edmonton Alliance, Sacred Heart Church, Leduc County, Canadian Heritage, YMCA of Northern Alberta, Civic Service Union 52, and City of Leduc.

(Eventbrite link here)
Boyle Street Plaza – 9538 103A Avenue, Edmonton

  • Pipe Ceremony: 9 a.m.
  • Community Conversation: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Feast: 5 p.m.
  • Round Dance: 6 to 10 p.m.

Other activities in Edmonton Metropolitan Region

*Note: This list is not exhaustive of all opportunities in the region. There are likely more!

Edmonton: Featured Events | City of Edmonton

Strathcona County: Indigenous connections | Strathcona County

St. Albert: National Truth and Reconciliation Day – Arts and Heritage St. Albert

Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre is presenting a short film The Forgotten People at 6pm

Gibbons Cultural Centre has a family-friendly event Thursday, Sep 29, from 6-8pm

Morinville Community Cultural Centre has an event Wednesday, Sep 28, from 5-8pm


Kessia Kopecky