National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Starting in 2021, Canadians will recognize September 30th as The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day we have previously recognized as Orange Shirt Day.

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, and 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 honor 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 Event Schedule

An online event that will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content and activities to build our knowledge on Indigenous treaties, claims, and the residential schools system.



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.



Orange Shirt Day

2021 Orange T-Shirt

Purchase your 2021 Orange shirt and help support justice and awareness for indigenous people.



MacEwan University

2021 Orange T-Shirt

This t-shirt was made in partnership with Kihew Waciston to honor Orange Shirt Day.



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.



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.

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