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Sep 28, 2022

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Commemoration of this tragic and painful history and the ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day: an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is a resource for learning and dialogue. You can also view the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action on their website.

The College is committed to reconciliation and building trust with Indigenous Peoples. We continue to reflect on our privilege, power, and role in the healthcare system, as we listen, learn, and work together with Indigenous partners. Learn more about our work and what we are doing to support Indigenous communities.

The College has additional resources for continued learning about Indigenous rights, Indigenous health and healthcare, anti-Indigenous racism, and more in the Culture, Equity and Justice section of our website.

Former Residential School students can call the Indian Residential School Survivors Society's crisis line at 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports.

The Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line provides counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Call 1-855-242-3310 or chat online