National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Books covers for Truth and reconciliation day
Saturday, September 30th, 2023, marks the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, created in response to Action 80 of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Actions.

September 30th has also been recognized since 2013 as Orange Shirt Day to acknowledge the atrocities and suffering experienced by those who attended residential schools in Canada. We encourage staff, students, and faculty to wear orange in solidarity with Indigenous communities, to honour the survivors and their families, and to remember the children that never came home.    

The University of Ottawa Library has many titles, both in print and online, on topics of residential schools, Truth and Reconciliation, as well as stories and experiences of Indigenous peoples.  Below, we have compiled some resources, in English and French,  to learn more. For print books, you can borrow them from our display at the Morisset Library on the first floor from September 25th until October 2nd

uOttawa events and activities will be hosted throughout the week of September 25th and we encourage you to attend. The Library will be co-hosting a film screening of the NFB film Our People will be Healed along with the Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre on September 27th at 1:30pm in room 144 of the Morisset Library.

Starting this November, the Morisset Library will also be hosting an exhibit called A National Crime: The Residential School Experience in Canada from the Legacy of Hope Foundation. This exhibition explores the creation of the Residential School System, the experiences of the students, its impacts and traumas, and Indigenous-led political action, healing, and efforts towards Reconciliation.