National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day – September 30, 2022

The Town of Foam Lake has made the decision to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022. As such, the Town Office and Town services will be closed to the public on Friday, September 30, 2022.

Observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a part of the Town of Foam Lake’s commitment to continuing on our pathway forward in the vital process of truth and reconciliation. More information can be found in our “Good Neighbour Policy”

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the “Good Neighbour Policy – 2020-001”

Brief history of Orange Shirt Day:
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’s account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. (for a full history of Orange Shirt Day click here)
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Links and Resources:

  1. Orange Shirt Day:
    The Orange Shirt Society was formed in Williams Lake by the founders of Orange Shirt Day to encourage and support communities to recognize Orange Shirt Day and to support reconciliation events and activities. Our goal is to create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Day activities, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.
  2. The Orange Path (Resources for Learning):
    The Orange Path is a movement that helps each person shape their path toward reconciliation. Your journey is unique to you.
    The Orange Path is based on 4 key steps for everyone to forge their own path to reconciliation.
    1. Learn about the history and what needs to change.
    2. Share what you have learned with your family, friends, and your network.
    3. Show your support for truth and reconciliation.
    4. Act now and you can shape the path forward!
    We have a collection of resources for your journey to truth and reconciliation.
  3. National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:
    TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEEK 2022 is a national program open to all schools across Canada. This year, our theme is “Remembering the Children”. Join us as we memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors and their families. Learning and commemorating the truth of our history from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge keepers is an important part of the path to Reconciliation.
    Upcoming events are listed here:
  4. Free Online Programs through Coursera
    Several universities in Canada offer free online courses intended to deepen our understanding of the history and issues impacting Indigenous peoples in this country.

    Aboriginal Worldviews and Education (Offered by the University of Toronto)
    Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.
    CLICK HERE to register for Aboriginal Worldviews and Education for FREE

    Indigenous Canada (Offered by the University of Alberta)
    Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.
    CLICK HERE to register for Indigenous Canada for FREE

  5. Government of Canada – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
    Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
    The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
  6. Government of Saskatchewan – Moving Forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is an independent body that was established to provide former students of Indian residential schools and anyone affected by the legacy of those schools with an opportunity to share their individual experiences in a safe and culturally-appropriate manner.
  7. Reconciliation Canada – Useful Links:
    Reconciliation Canada actively provides programs and initiatives to inspire positive change in communities throughout Canada.


  1. Origin of Orange Shirt Day in Canada:
    Phyllis Webstad explains the story of her experience at Residential School and the origination of Orange Shirt Day in Canada. She discusses the present situation and her hopes for the future.
  2. Canadian Residential School History:
    A brief history of Canada and the Residential School System imposed on the indigenous people of Canada. Timeline from early European contact through to the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010.
  3. Truth and Reconciliation channel on Vimeo:
    The Truth and Reconciliation Channel on Vimeo features 213 public access videos about the legacy of residential schools and the importance of truth and reconciliation.

The Town of Foam Lake recognizes that we are located on the lands of the Treaty 4 Territory and Homelands of the Metis