Orange Shirt Day

On September 30, Orange Shirt Day recognizes and raises awareness about the residential school system in Canada, bringing people together in the spirit of reconciliation, and honouring the experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind. The date was chosen as it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to residential schools. It also marks the beginning of the school year, and reaffirms that “Every Child Matters.”

Join ii’ taa’poh’top, UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy for a day of virtual programming, presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library. Part of Alumni Month 2020.


Community Panel: Intergenerational Impact of Residential Schools

Date: Sept. 30
Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Platform: Zoom

Hear stories from Piikani Elder, and UCalgary's Traditional Knowledge Keeper in Residence, Dr. Reg Crowshoe and Kainai Elder Jackie Bromley as they share their experience in the Canadian residential school system.

Jackie Bromley’s daughter, Buffy Bromley-Grier, will discuss the impacts of being a child of a residential school survivor.

Moderated by Michael Hart, Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement

Indian Horse Film Screening

Date: Sept. 30
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Platform: Zoom

This feature film adaptation Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel tells the tale of a boy who survives residential school through his love of hockey and recounts his healing journey of self-awareness and self-acceptance. 

Opening prayer by Elder Kelly Good Eagle, opening remarks by Michael Hart Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement and grounding remarks from Elder Kerrie Moore.


Wellness Support

Hope for Wellness Help Line and Chat
1-855-242-3310

National Indian Residential School Resolution Help Support Program
1-866-925-4419

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Support Line
1-844-413-6649

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society
24-hour Crisis Line
403-531-1972 or 403-531-197

Elbow River Healing Lodge
Traditional Wellness and Healing (Spiritual, Cultural, and Ceremonial supports)
403-955-660

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
403-297-1700

Distress Centre
403-266-HELP (4357)

Addiction Helpline
Available 24/7 1-866-332-2322

Urgent Care for Mental Health
Sheldon Chumir 1213-4th street SW or,
South Calgary Health Centre: 31 Sunpark Plaza SE or call 403-943-9300

Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT to 686868 or,
Call 1-800-668-6868

CCASA – Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault
403-237-6905

Education & Teaching Resources

Reconciliation Canada
Provides programs and initiatives to inspire positive change in communities. The resource page provides links to the TRC webpage, Calls to Action, findings from the commission and other resources.

Legacy of Hope Foundation
An overview of the history of residential schools. Includes oral histories and survivor stories.

Residential Schools Podcast Series 
Made by Historica Canada

National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba
Resources for students from elementary to high school about the Residential School experiences and some history. The information is sectioned into level of grade.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
Provides research, policy, professional development and networking to support First Nations child and family service agencies in caring for First Nations children, youth and families. 

Teacher Resource Guide
Developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee in British Columbia. FNESC is a policy and advocacy organization that represents and works on behalf of First Nations in British Columbia. 

Audiences are encouraged to show their support of Orange Shirt Day by using #orangeshirtday and #everychildmatters on social media, learning about its origins and residential schools, and honour survivors by wearing orange.