National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday, September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Although there will be no classes that day, we encourage all faculty, staff, and students to take time on September 30 to participate in activities and to reflect upon the meaning of this day.

Below is a list, compiled by the Indigenous Initiatives Committee, of some of the possible events and activities you could participate in. There will be many others that you may be aware of.


  • We Were Children (1hr, 23mins) - In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. Warning - This film is very real and can be hard to watch.
  • Films by Tasha Hubbard - Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and an Assistant Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English.


  • Beyond the Orange Shirt Story (by Phyllis Webstad) - Phyllis Webstad is a Residential School Survivor and founder of the Orange Shirt Day movement. Phyllis has carefully selected stories to help Canadians educate themselves and gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of the Residential School System. 



Other readings and videos on cultural humility:

Other courses:

  • Indigenous Canada - Online Course - Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

The University of Saskatchewan will be sharing some events offered and once they are known, we will circulate them to you.


The Indigenous Initiatives Committee

Yvonne Shevchuk, Derek Jorgenson, Hassan Vatanparast, Carrie Verishagen, Julia Bareham, Gen Clark, Emma Werezak and Sandy Knowles