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Wendy from Community Engagement September 27, 2022, 4:23 PM

Every Child Matters


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) on September 30 is an opportunity to recognize and remember the tragic history and ongoing impacts of residential schools.  

Previously known as Orange Shirt Day, NDTR is a day to honour residential school survivors, their families, their communities, and the children who never returned home. It’s meant to raise awareness of the lasting impact of residential schools, encourage conversations, provide opportunities for survivors to share their stories, and promote the concept of Every Child Matters.   

Anyone can participate by wearing orange, attending an NDTR event, and sharing what you learn with others. You can also find many resources on our Reconciliation page.

Personal acts of Reconciliation 

There are several things that we can do on September 30, and every day, to become better allies and deepen our relationships with Indigenous Peoples. 

  • Learn: Listen to survivors  
  • Share: What you’ve learned 
  • Show: Wear orange 
  • Act: Attend a NDTR event 


Events in Regina

EDIN’s National Day of Truth & Reconciliation in Victoria Park 

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Network will be setting up “Every Child Matters” flags and signs throughout Victoria Park starting at 8:00am on September 28. A SnapChat filter will also be available for social media users to commemorate in their own way, using photos taken in the downtown area.  

The signs and flags are free for anyone to take home and will be available until October 3.  The SnapChat filter is free to anyone who has a SnapChat account and will be available until September 30.  

Date: September 28-30  

Registration: Open to the public 


Miyo Wîcîwitowin Day 

Hear stories of residential school survivors and participate in music and dance in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action. 

Date: September 29, 9:30am 

Location: Mosaic Stadium, Regina 

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RPL National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Lisa Bird-Wilson

Join Lisa Bird-Wilson, author of Probably Ruby and The Red Files at this event to honour survivors and commit to meaningful and lasting reconciliation. 

Date: September 30, 12:00pm – 1:00pm 

Location: Central Library 


A conversation with Brad Bellegarde & Tim Poitras – Legacy of Residential Schools 

Brad Bellegarde and Life Speaker and Residential School survivor, Tim Poitras, in conversation about the legacy of Residential Schools. Including musical performances by InfoRed. Pre-registration is appreciated. Ages 12 and over. 

Date: September 30, 2:30pm 

Location: Royal Saskatchewan Museum 

Register on the RSM website


Community Round Dance 

Date: September 30, 5:00pm 

Location: Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Regina Beach 

Registration: Open to the public 


Events in Saskatchewan

Tony Stevenson, Residential School Legacy Presentation 

Date: September 27, 9:00am – 11:30am 

Location: Cugnet Centre, Weyburn 

Registration: Open to the public 


Medicine Wheel Mural Creation 

Date: September 29, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Location: Credit Union Spark Centre, Weyburn 

Registration: Please register by calling (306) 848-3480 


Walk for Reconciliation Treaty Timeline 

Date: September 30, 1:00pm 

Location: Credit Union Spark Centre before walk through paths of Jubilee Park, Weyburn 

Registration: Open to the public 


Soup & Bannock Lunch 

Date: September 30, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Location: Souris Valley Museum, Estevan 

Registration: Open to the public 


Truth and Reconciliation Celebration 

Date: September 30, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Location: Historical Museum, Prince Albert 

Registration: Open to the public 


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. 

Date: September 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Location: Wanuskewin, Saskatoon 

Additional Information on the Wanuskewin website


Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation 

Answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action by demonstrating a commitment to Reconciliation, honouring Residential School Survivors, and continuing work towards an inclusive community. 

Date: September 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Location: Saskatoon 

Additional Information: City of Saskatoon


Orange Shirts

Purchasing and wearing an orange shirt from a shop that supports Indigenous organizations is another way to help raise awareness and show your support. These are a few of our recommendations: 

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Natural habitat: On the land, walking trails and spending time with my family. Interesting habits: Spoiling my grandchildren, reading sci-fi and books by Indigenous voices.

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