National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Sept. 30

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to recognize the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential school system and commemorate Indigenous residential school Survivors, their families, and communities.

The Manitoba Arts Council office will be closed on Thursday in observation of this day. We will reopen on Friday, October 1.

To commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we’ve compiled a list of events and resources on the importance of this day and some of the incredible work done by Indigenous artists on the subject of truth and reconciliation.


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Calls to Action:

National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day – Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story in her own words:

Indigenous Curatorial Collective:

CBC – New mural in Selkirk, Man., dedicated to legacy of residential schools:

APTN – Art, activism and residential schools part of new exhibits at Canadian Museum for Human Rights:


Canada School of Public Service

Shingwauk Residential School Centre – Residential School Artwork Conversations:

Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors (documentary):

TEDx Talks – Existence as Resistance | Tasha Spillett:

Miyawata Culture Inc. – Shame and Prejudice | Kent Monkman:

Canadian Museum of Human Rights – Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket:

Rita Joe Song Project – “The Voices I Gained”:

Gord Downie’s The Secret Path:


CBC Radio – Truth and Reconciliation Commission: how the arts shape our view of history (podcast):

Historica Canada – Residential Schools by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais:


National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation – Truth and Reconciliation Week events:

Southern Chiefs Organization, the Rehabilitation Centre for Children & SSCY Health and Wellness Committee – Every Child Matters Ceremony (Winnipeg):

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. – Honour our Ancestors: Honour the Future (Thompson):

Way-Say Healing Centre Inc.: Orange Shirt Day Pow Wow:

60s Scoop Legacy of Canada – Healing Walk for Orange Shirt Day:

NCTR and WAG-Qaumajuq – Survivor Stories and Panel Discussions:

Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Responding to Genocide through Art:

Manitoba Museum: Orange Shirt Days (Winnipeg):

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund: Orange Shirt Day Event: On the path to reconciliation:

Red River College – Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021: