Calgary Economic Development is closed Friday, Sept. 30, to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
Along with supporting Indigenous-led organizations, businesses, artists and creators, there are several community events in Calgary to commemorate this important day, including the City of Calgary’s Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. at Fort Calgary.
Olympic Plaza, TELUS Spark Science Centre, Reconciliation Bridge and the Calgary Tower will be illuminated in orange.
The Calgary Foundation has created a list of events and learning resources available in the city, including the Every Child Matters Traditional Powwow hosted by Siksika Health Services and the Calgary Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The community’s commitment to support meaningful action towards Indigenous Reconciliation and the removal of systemic barriers to opportunity is stated in our economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy.
Our vision for economic Reconciliation is an equitable future for Indigenous Peoples, businesses and communities.
We strive to follow and encourage adoption of recommendations in the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee’s White Goose Flying Report, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Additional events recommended by Calgary Economic Development team members to continue our learning journey together, include:
- Orange Shirt Day Panel Discussion, Calgary Public Library, Sept. 30,12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Orange Shirt Day Night Raiders Film Screening and Discussion, Central Library, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Wordfest - Gain Deep Understanding: The Ecological Buffalo, Memorial Park Library, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
- CIF Reconciliation Society presents New Blood - A Story of Reconciliation, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
- 19th LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture, featuring Her Excellency The Right Honourable Mary Simon, Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Oct. 6, 6 p.m.
- Self-paced 45-minute course: Navigating Canada’s Complex Histories: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
To learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, visit the Canadian Heritage website.