On September 30, St. Peter's College will join the University of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada in recognizing the National Day for Truth and Recognition as a statutory Holiday. Our classrooms will be empty as we take a day to pause and allow members of our Campus community time to attend events, engage in community ceremonies, and reflect on Canada's relationship with Indigenous People.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission - Calls to Action
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to Call to Action 80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, which reads:
We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
This summer, the federal government passed legislation designating September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and a federal statutory holiday in response to the TRC final report and calls to action in 2015. The day is also known as Orange Shirt Day, which began in Williams Lake, B.C., in 2013 to honour Indigenous children sent to residential schools in Canada.
September 30 is not just another day off. Instead, it is a day to reflect, reconnect, engage and honour residential school survivors and those who didn't make it home. In addition, it is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.
St. Peter’s College honours this day and in marking the inaugural year we have provided our students with Orange Shirts, so they may show their support and intent towards reconciliation.
Students are encouraged to attend any of the following events:
Residential School Survivor Eugene Arcand to share his story
This free presentation will be held in-person and via Zoom on Tuesday, September 28 from 1:30–3:00 pm. Participants must pre-register online Here or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Treaty Fair- We are all treaty people
This free three-day event will be held online on September 27,28, and 29th from 10 AM to 3 PM each day. Participants must pre-register online Here
Orange Shirt Day “Every Child Matters” Virtual Honouring
This free online event will be held online on Wednesday, September 29th at 10:45 AM Saskatchewan time. Participants must pre-register online Here
Let's talk Reconciliation
This free online event will be held online on Wednesday, September 29th at 11AM. Participants must pre-register online Here
This free online event will be held online on Wednesday, September 29th from 1-3 PM . Participants must pre-register online Here
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day - Prince Albert
This free online video recording will be available on Thursday, September 30th Here
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- Wanuskewin Heritage Park
This in-person event will he held on September 30th from 10:00 AM to 5:00PM at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, to find out more please visit Here
This paid, live event will be held at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon on Thursday September 30th at 7 PM. To find out more or purchase tickets please see this Here