Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Graphic for Orange Shirt Day 2021

September 30

Orange Shirt Day on September 30 is a day to honour the children who went to residential schools and to learn about the legacy of the residential school system. This year, September 30 has also been recognized by the federal government as the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To mark this day, A&S has compiled a collection of resources and events to encourage individual and collective learning, reflection and action with respect to the legacy of the residential school system. Learn more about the origin of Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis Webstad's story.



U of T 2021 Vaccine Powwow

U of T Events and Resources

Last stop on the Field Trip – a medicine garden and mural outside Miziwi Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training centre in Toronto

Virtual Tours

In October and November, A&S is working with partners to offer virtual tours of former residential school sites. These sessions will be for faculty and staff and scheduled based on availability and demand. Faculty and staff can register to take part in the tours.

Students at First Nations House

Local Indigenous Communities and Organizations

  • Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre – IRSS Spirit Garden
    The IRSS Restoration of Identity Project, led by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 82 that calls upon provincial and federal governments, in collaboration with survivors and their organizations, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, residential schools commemorative project in each capital city to honour survivors and families.
  • Woodland Cultural Centre – Save the Evidence Campaign
    “Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource. As a site of conscience, the final goal is to create a fully realized Interpretive Centre that will be the definitive destination for information about the history of Residential Schools in Canada, the experiences of Survivors of the schools, and the impact that the Residential School system has had on our communities.”
  • Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction, September 30 Healing Gathering
    • Date and Time: September 30, 2021, 2 pm
    • Location: Allan Gardens 
  • Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation: Every Child Matters Unity Walk
    • Date and Time: September 29, 2021, 9:30 am
    • Location: Hagersville

Training and Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

A series of trainings by John Croutch:

Students at Center for Indigenous studies

Student Sessions

Essential reading: First Nations,Metis and Inuit books by GoodMinds,an Indigenous book shop based on the Six Nations of the Grand River

Reading List

This is a non-exhaustive list of resources, reports, books, and novels related to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation or Orange Shirt Day. It is starting place to learn about the legacy of residential schools and its impacts.

Available through Robarts LibraryU of T Bookstore, and other booksellers

  • Chrisjohn, Roland David, et al. The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada. Theytus Books, 2012. 
  • Woolford, Andrew. Did You See Us?: Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an URBAN Indian Residential School. University of Manitoba Press, 2021. 
  • Milloy, John S. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986. The University of Manitoba Press, 2017. 
  • Miller, J.R. Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools. University of Toronto Press, 1996.
  • Regan, Paulette, and Taiaiake Alfred. Unsettling the SETTLER Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada. UBC Press, 2014. 
  • Wagamese, Richard. Indian Horse: A Novel. Milweed Editions, 2018. 
  • Warry, Wayne. Ending Denial Understanding Aboriginal Issues. University of Toronto Press, 2008.