National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022 | A Message from Centre Director Audrey Macklin

September 27, 2022 by Eunillyne Lazado

Dear CrimSL community,

Friday, September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (also known as Orange Shirt Day), a Canadian statutory holiday. This day is meant to commemorate and raise awareness surrounding the residential schools that tragically impacted the First Nations community and culture. This date honours the survivors, the children, and the communities, and aims to raise awareness surrounding the inter-generational trauma that is the legacy of residential schools.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action (as well as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry Calls to Justice) draw our attention to the injustices of our justice system.  As those who study, learn, research and teach about law, society, crime and justice, we at CrimSL also bear a responsibility to educate ourselves and one another about the historic and contemporary entanglement of our legal system in processes and practices of colonialism, subordination, and decimation. And as our 2021/22 Edwards Memorial Lecturer, Val Napoleon, taught (or reminded) us, there is also so much learn about and from Indigenous legal orders, knowledge and method that is vital to repairing, creating, and sustaining relationships of justice in the classroom, among individuals and collectivities, and between the state and Indigenous peoples. 

There are many events taking place at the University of Toronto and the city of Toronto in the days leading to and following the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and I hope they inspire you to participate.


Audrey Macklin

Events at the University of Toronto

Download the Orange Shirt Day Profile Icon and Virtual Zoom/Teams Backdrop

Every Child Matters Flag at Varsity Stadium – until September 30th

Faculty & Staff Indigenous Training: The Journey Towards Reconciliation (Part 2) – September 27th, 10am

Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day & The Fall Feast Event – September 28th, 12:30-2pm (Hosted by ILSA & IIO at the Faculty of Law) 

Pow-Wow Hip-Hop Fitness Event at the Goldring Fitness Studio – September 28th, 4:30pm

Scarborough Campus Screening of Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World – September 29th, 6pm

Orange Shirt Day with U of T Bookstore

University-wide event to recognize Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Hart House Great Hall – September 30th, 9:30am

Indigenous Community Gathering for Community Care at the Hart House Farm – October 3rd, 11am | Sign-up here.

Staff & Faculty Land Acknowledgement Training – October 4th, 1pm

Arts & Science Virtual Tours of Residential School Sites – October - November


U of T Resources for Truth and Reconciliation Awareness

Mississauga Indigenous Centre Resources Page

University of Toronto Calls to Action

U of T Indigenous Initiatives Report 2021


Events in Toronto

Indigenous Legacy Gathering at Nathan Philips Square – September 29 & 30th

Wisdom Weavers with Be’sha Blondin – September 30th, 12pm

Indigenous Perspective on the Popes Apology Panel Discussion – September 30th, 1pm

Commemorate Truth & Reconciliation Concert at Koerner Hall – September 30th, 8pm

Forever Fest for Legacy of Hope Foundation – September 30th- October 2nd

25th Annual Community Pow Wow at Dufferin Grove Park – October 1st, 6am