Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Artwork: ‘Truth,’ by Eliot White-Hill (2021)

Every year on September 30th, people across Canada wear orange and participate in Orange Shirt Day events to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada.  

On this coming Thursday, AHVA Head and Professor Dana Claxton will be giving two talks to Arts Umbrella students aged 8-18 on contemporary indigenous art which considers works that unpack and reveal Canadian and American colonial violence, lateral love and hope. The hope of these talks is to share with the next generation of Canadians that art is a site for knowledge, learning, sharing and caring. 

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory encourages members of our community to learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at 

Some additional resources on how you can participate:  

“Returning Home and Pathways to Reconciliation” Film Screening and a Conversation with Orange Shirt Day originator Phyllis Webstad

September 27, 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Join UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre for an in-person film screening. “Returning Home” weaves the story of two parallel narratives: Phyllis Webstad, a Survivor of the former St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in Williams Lake, and the steady decline of wild pacific salmon. 

Intergenerational March for Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 11:45am – 2:00pm  

Join members of the STEM community for an intergenerational march to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. The march will take place outside the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.  

Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ, a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 12:00pm  

Co-created by Tsatsu Stalqayu, Mortal Coil and Butterflies in Spirit, Xweýene:msta:m ? əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness / listen to respected one) is a  performance to honour Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30, 2021, presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery.