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September 30th

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. Learn more.

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Ways to get involved

Events:

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship in Halifax is hosting a Weekend of Reconciliation on the Halifax Waterfront from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Learn more.

Check out the schedule below:

Thursday Sept. 30th – Orange Shirt Day 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Opening Prayer/ Song
  • Welcome Remarks / History of Orange Shirt Day
  • Painting craft on Orange Shirts

Friday Oct. 1st – Treaty Day 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Opening Prayer / song / remarks
  • Traditional Salmon Dinner – (First come first served to 500)
  • Welcome / History of Treaties in Mi’kma’ki
  • Live Entertainment – Videos played throughout the day on treaty conflicts in Mi’kma’ki

Saturday Oct. 2nd – Family Day 12 noon – 3:00 pm

  • Opening Prayer / Song / Remarks
  • Open Mic for Artists
  • Crafts for Children
  • Indigenous Music & pow wow dance demonstrations

Programming:

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has a full day of programming airing on Sept. 30th meant to foster dialogue and understanding when it comes to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Website with schedule: https://www.aptn.ca/schedule/

Learn Mi'kmaq:

Set up a bi-weekly lunch and learn Mi'kmaq practice via the Learn Mi'kmaq Online site for you and your staff: http://www.learn.migmaq.org/

Resources and Activities:

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia has been gathering resources throughout their Decolonization Learning Journey series to help folks in their learning in hopes to deepen our understanding and move towards meaningful and long-term change.

  • Further Reading: Books and Articles
  • Watch & Listen: Videos, Movies, and Podcasts
  • Activities for Families: Activities you can do with your family

Webinar:

Tune in to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s Every Child Matters webinar on September 30 - https://nctr.ca/education/trw/

Listen:

There are recordings of elders and the suggestion to take action by listening to the stories of residential school Survivors from A Day to Listen: https://downiewenjack.ca/a-day-to-listen/

Wear orange:

Wear orange on September 30 to honour Survivors of residential school and those who never returned home.

Other resources:

Government of Nova Scotia: Public Education and Awareness

Find resources and links to resources that can help you discover more about the Mi'kmaq and other Aboriginal people in Canada:

Calls to action related to sport:

Truth & Reconciliation Report. Actions 87-91 are related to sport.

87. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.

88. We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.

89. We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.

90. We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to, establishing:

  • In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse
  • Cultures and traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples.
  • An elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes.
  • Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples.
  • Anti-racism awareness and training programs.

91. We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events.