National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Starting in 2021, Canadians recognize September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools caused to Indigenous families and communities, and honour those who have been affected by this injustice. On this day we also acknowledge Orange Shirt Day, originally started in 2013 as a tribute to residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad who had her orange shirt taken away on the first day of school. 

The passing of Bill C-5 allows the opportunity for all of us to acknowledge and commemorate the legacy of residential schools and honour Call to Action #80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Each of us can honour this day by expanding our knowledge on Indigenous heritage, learning Indigenous issues, supporting causes such as purchasing an orange shirt, or directly supporting organizations that help Indigenous peoples.

At the Excel Society, we care about the people in our communities. By taking the time to listen, learn and reflect on Indigenous issues, we can all walk together on our collective pathway of reconciliation.


Reconciliation is a process of healing relationships that require public truth sharing, apology, and commemoration that acknowledge and redress past harms. 


Educating yourself, and taking accountability for building knowledge, is an ongoing process and change will not be easy. This step is ongoing and will look slightly different for each person.


It is our responsibility to learn about indigenous ways and to continue to discuss the topic of reconciliation and how we can practice reconciliation in our community. 

Indigenous Resources 

To build our knowledge base and to honour Indigenous legacies.



Royal Alberta Museum

Indigenous History Resource List

Recommended readings, podcasts, documentaries and courses that focus on the heritage, diversity and strength of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. 



National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 Public Lunch and Learns

This year, the NCTR will offer a series of FREE virtual lunch and learn sessions throughout Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 to facilitate learning for Canadians on topics related to Truth and Reconciliation.



University of Alberta

Indigenous Canada 

A free online course provided by the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.



College of Alberta School Superintendents


learn about the importance of reconciliation and implementing strategies that include Indigenous learning and how this benefits each of us.



Bent Arrow

Traditional Healing Society

Bent Arrow has been serving Indigenous children, youth and families in Edmonton and area since 1994. Since then, they have developed strong partnerships with many and are proud to see that culture continues to play a central role in our practice. 



Explore Edmonton

Indigenous Landmarks and Spaces in Edmonton

Amiskwaciy Waskahikan, also known as Edmonton, is home to many breathtaking Indigenous landmarks and spaces. Connect with the city’s past, present and future while taking in everything from outdoor art installations to beautiful serene gardens.



City of Edmonton

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Several organizations will be hosting National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events in Edmonton. Check out the 2023 schedule to learn more. 



City of Calgary 

Truth and Reconciliation

With a spirit of celebration and ceremony, The City of Calgary moves forward in the journey towards Truth and Reconciliation. 



Orange Shirt Day

2023 Orange T-Shirt

Purchase your 2023 Orange shirt and help support justice and awareness for Indigenous peoples.



Indigenous Runner YEG

3rd Annual Orange Shirt Day Run and Walk

JOIN US this SEPTEMBER 30th on National Truth and Reconciliation Day to help honour and remember our little ancestors who never made it home. We also hold space for those who did, which is why we will raise funds for local grassroots movements to support Indigenous Athletes and help provide safe spaces for Indigenous Runners.



National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation provides educational resources for Canadians to learn more about residential schools across the country.



Indian Residential School Survivors Society


The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is a British Columbia-based organization that has been providing services to residential school survivors for over 20 years.

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