Events and resources ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Daily News

Although the university is open on September 30, there will be no classes, providing an opportunity to learn about the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to reflect on the truth and reconciliation, as well as the potential of universities to drive currencies.

On Friday, September 30, the McMaster campus community will join others across the country in commemorating Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is an important date for our students, staff and faculty. Although the university is open, no classes are scheduled on this day, also known as Orange Shirt Day to raise awareness of the legacy of residential schools and honor survivors.

Orange Shirt Day is named after Phyllis Webstad. When she was six, her grandmother gave her an orange shirt to wear to school. Once she arrived at St. Joseph’s Mission for her first day, her clothes were taken away.

“The color orange always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how nobody cared, and how I felt like I was worthless,” Webstad said. “All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”

The cancellation of classes provides an opportunity to reflect on broader issues related to truth and reconciliation and to draw inspiration from the potential that universities have to make positive contributions to reconciliation through education and inclusion. .

A number of educational resources, as well as campus and community events, are listed below.


Virtual Tour of Mohawk Institute Boarding School

September 21, 28 and 29 | On line

Offered by the Woodland Cultural Centre, the guided tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian residential school retraces its 140 years of history. The tour includes the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms in the building, as well as interviews with five survivors of the Mohawk Institute.

Cost: $10 – applied directly to supporting educational work.

register here

Indigenous Health Learning Pavilion Welcome Gathering

September 23 | 6:00 p.m. | On the campus

The Indigenous Health Learning Lodge (IHLL) at McMaster University invites you to join them for a welcome event at LR Wilson Hall.

The rally will be attended by Chancellor McMaster Santee Smith and will feature an interpretive dance performance led by JP Longboat of Circadia Indigena.

register here

Truth and Reconciliation Day Roundtable

September 29 | 6-7.30 p.m. | On the campus

Members of our campus community are invited to attend the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable hosted by the Indigenous Studies faculty at the Michael G. DeGroote Center for Learning and Discovery, Room 1110.

A recording of the roundtable will be available from the afternoon of September 30. The link to the recording will be displayed on this page.

Register here to attend the live event

Raising Our Children: 3 Day Event

Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 | off-campus

The Hamilton Regional Indian Center invites you to attend various events at the Hamilton Gage Park Bandstand.

  • Social: Thursday September 29 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Community event with speakers, drummers, singers, vendors and more: Friday September 30 | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Family Fun Day: Saturday October 1 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fire and lunch

September 30 | Starts at noon | On the campus

Native students, staff and faculty are invited to lunch at LR Wilson Hall, Ceremonial Room (1811) and pass by a fire in the courtyard.

Screening of films of Indian horses

September 30 | 11am | On the campus

Native Student Services and the Department of Native Studies will host a screening of indian horse at the McMaster Concert Hall located in LR Wilson Hall. The film tells the story of an Indigenous boy who survives the residential school system and becomes a talented hockey player, only to have his past traumas resurface.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

A post-screening reception with coffee, tea and cookies will be held between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Waller Lobby.

Orange shirts for sale at campus store

The McMaster campus store sells Orange Shirt Day t-shirts for $19.99. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Aboriginal students.


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