To help reflect on and learn about the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools the City of Calgary is holding a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day event.
This event will be broadcast live here and at calgary.ca/live on Thursday, Sept. 30 at noon. Wear an orange shirt from a local Indigenous vendor to show your allyship and solidarity.
What is Orange Shirt Day?
- An opportunity to remember the children that didn’t make it home from Indian residential schools, the experience of survivors, and resulting inter-generational trauma.
- An opportunity to witness, support, and honour the healing journey of survivors and their families.
How did Orange Shirt Day begin?
- Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in the spring of 2013 at Williams Lake, BC, and was inspired by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story of how her new orange t-shirt was taken away on her first day of school at the Missio — a common practice at Indian residential schools where the intent was to disconnect Indigenous children from their families
- September was chosen because this is the time when school begins again and also reflects the time when indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in residential schools.
The following buildings and structures will be illuminated orange in honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day:
- Arts Commons
- Calgary Tower
- Glenbow Museum
- Historic City Hall
- Olympic Plaza
- Orange ribbon decals on all City fleet vehicles
- Reconciliation Bridge
- Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- TELUS Spark Science Centre
Additionally, flags on City of Calgary buildings will be lowered to half-mast.
Word of the Day:Half-mast: position of a flag flying below the top of its pole as a symbol of respect or mourning