Honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Sep. 25, 2023

​​We are committed to upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our system continues to learn, grow, understand, and honour Indigenous ways of being, belonging, doing and knowing.

This September, we are commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) through the CBE National Truth and Reconciliation Week from Sept. 25 to 28. Schools will choose to wear their orange shirts any day during the week and plan activities to learn and understand the significance of the day.

There are no classes on Sept. 29, as a day in-lieu to commemorate the National Day on Sept. 30. By observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day), we reinforce our dedication to ensuring that the stories of survivors are heard, their pain acknowledged, and their strength celebrated. CBE staff and their families and friends are invited to attend a public commemorative event hosted by the City of Calgary in friendship with CBE and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD). The third annual ceremonial event is on Sept. 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Fort Calgary. For more information about the event and more information on Orange Shirt Day, read the Orange Shirt Day FAQ p​repared by the City of Calgary, CCSD and CBE.

This year's gathering will include in-person speakers and performers, a live stream broadcast, an aerial salute ceremony, and other events. The event will include an intertribal dance demonstration from CBE and CCSD students. More information on the event is available on the City’s website. Public commemoration of residential schools' tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts is vital to reconciliation.

Many other events are happening to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, including online events and other events in Calgary and across Canada.

Moh’kins’tsis (Ca​​lgary)

Sept. 20 to 30

Sept. 29

Sept. 30

National Events