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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation 

Orange Shirt Day September 30th 2022 


 What’s happening on Campus: 

Each year, Sept. 30 marks Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a time to recognize and commemorate the ongoing and tragic legacy of residential schools.  

This is an important date for the McMaster community. To provide an opportunity for students to take time and reflect on broader issues related to truth and reconciliation, no classes are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. 


Welcome GatheringFriday September 23, 6:00pm – 8:30pm    

The Indigenous Health Learning Lodge is hosting the Welcome Gathering event at LR Wilson Theatre. The gathering will be attended by Chancellor Santee Smith and will feature an interpretive dance performance organized by JP Longboat of Circadia Indigena.  

The event is open to all who wish to attend. Please register through the Eventbrite link below.  

Eventbrite linkRegistration 


Mapping the night sky: we are made of stardust + The Celestial Bear 

Thursday September 29, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm   

  Celebrate Culture Days with the McMaster Museum of Art and the W.J. McCallion Planetarium through an evening exploring Indigenous cosmologies and astronomy!    

Join us for a guided tour of the we are made of stardust exhibition at the museum, followed by a presentation of The Celestial Bear: The Six Nations’ Night Sky at the Planetarium.    

FREE & open to the public!  Admission is now on waitlist. 

Register here 


Cosmos Concert & Moon Market 

Thursday October 6, 5:30 pm – 8:30 p.m.  

  The McMaster Museum of Art invites you to join us for the Cosmos Concert & Moon Market – a special in-person evening of celestially-inspired music and art presented in conjunction with the exhibition we are made of stardust. 

The event will include LIVE music by Lacey Hill and Blue Moon Marquee and an Indigenous wearable art market!   

Free & everyone is welcome!   


Happening In Hamilton 

 Truth and Reconciliation Virtual Presentation 

Tuesday September 27, 1:30 pm – 3pm  

  In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, the Indigenous Relations team and Hamilton Public Library have partnered to offer a virtual learning opportunity to learn about the history and policies that led to the creation of residential schools in Canada, their legacies and why truth and reconciliation efforts are important.  

 For more information and to register to attend go to 


Mino Biimadziwin Wakya’ta’shatse Social: Indigenous Health Social at Gage Park 

Saturday October 1, 10am – 5pm  

  This event will feature DJ Shub, Aysanabee, Brothers Wilde, and Lacey Hill. Emceed by Cheri Maracle, featuring Traditional singers in the morning, Mantiou Mkwa Singers, and Ojihgwaga:yo Old Mush Singers.   

 Free Admission, door prizes, food, vendors, rain or shine.  


A Calls to Action Conversation on Truth and Reconciliation 

Thursday September 29, 1pm – 3:30pm  

Friday September 30, all day on the Yellowhead Institute YouTube channel Live for one day only 

 Yellowhead Institute is hosting an important conversation on the Calls to Action. 

  An esteemed panel of Indigenous leaders – Cindy Blackstock, Kisha Supernant, Sheila Cote-Meek, Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Kunuk Inutiq, Janet Smylie, and Scott Franks – will discuss the importance of the ‘Legacy’ Calls to Action (1-42), the injustice of their incompletion, and the barriers to their completion. The discussion will be hosted by Dr. Eva Jewell and Dr. Ian Mosby, who lead the research for Yellowhead’s annual Calls To Action Accountability: A Status Update on Reconciliation analysis. 

 With this event, we hope to create an open and honest space to illuminate the reality of Indigenous experience in this country, as well as reflect on the nature of the September 30 holiday, when so many of the impactful Calls to Action remain incomplete. 

   For more information please visit: A Calls to Action Conversation on Truth and Reconciliation Tickets, Thu, 29 Sep 2022 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite 

We encourage you to seek out the events in your area.  


To learn more about the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation: 

 Government of Canada: 

 Woodland Culture Centre: 


The Indigenous Health Learning Lodge (IHLL) works alongside the Faculty of Health Sciences towards creating a learning environment that is culturally safe – to work with humility to enable sustainable systems change and to advance the work around concepts of truth, reconciliation and anti-colonization          with all aspects of Indigenous health and well-being.

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