Orange Shirt Day

On Sept. 30, 2021, 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 explore the impact of residential schools, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous resilience. The date was chosen as it aligns with the time of year when Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes to attend residential schools. Many did not return home, many were traumatized for life, and some were brave enough to share their stories. Through the acknowledgement of truth and increased awareness, we aspire to become a country where “Every Child Matters.”

Join UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement and the Calgary Public Library for a day of online programming focused on intergenerational trauma and healing through the lens of Indigenous literature and film.

Indigenous Writers' Panel: Literature on Intergenerational Trauma and Healing

Date: Sept. 30
Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m. MST (Online)

Join UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement, in partnership with the Calgary Public Library, in welcoming Eden Robinson, Richard Van Camp and Lee Maracle who will share their literature on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous resilience. Panel to be moderated by Dr. Michael Hart,

UCalgary’s Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement), with opening prayer by Stoney Nakoda Elder Una Wesley and reflective remarks from Sarah Meilleur, Calgary Public Library’s Interim CEO.


Monkey Beach: Film Screening and Discussion

Date: Sept. 30
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m. MST Online

Monkey Beach is a feature film adapting the novel by Eden Robinson, a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations in B.C. The novel draws the reader deep into a traditional world, a hidden universe of premonition, pain and power during a time when tragedy strikes a West Coast Indigenous community. This story explores the healing journey steeped in intergenerational trauma as the main character discovers deep connections with her ancestral world and spiritual beliefs.

Presented by the Calgary Public Library in partnership with UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement, the film will be followed by a discussion with director Loretta Todd and actors Tina Lameman and Nathaniel Arcand. Event hosted by Judy Aldous from CBC's Alberta at Noon, with opening prayer by Siksika Elder Adrian Wolfleg and reflective remarks from Dr. Michael Hart, UCalgary’s Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement).

Canadians 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.

Wellness Support

Hope for Wellness Help Line and Chat

National Indian Residential School Resolution Help Support Program

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)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Distress Centre
403-266-HELP (4357)

CCASA – Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault

Writing Symbols Lodge Wellness and Cultural Support


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

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Support Line


Education & Teaching Resources

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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. 

Wellness Support and Resources PDF