National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Campus and Community Initiatives Sept 25-Oct 2

2023-09-25 - 2023-10-02

Truth and Reconciliation Day observances

Queen's University Educational Events & Learning Opportunities 

Please check back regularly for additional events. Please also note that the University will observse the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Monday, October 2nd and ALL academic activity will be suspended that day. Events are open to all members of the QU community unless stated otherwise. 

Monday September 25
Indigenous Art Display to begin in Stauffer Library - Fireplace Reading Room
9 am - 5 pm (Sept 25-29)

Flag Raising - Survivors' Flag and Every Child Matters Flag
12 pm, Richardson Hall

Kitchen Table Conversations:Truth & Reconciliation with BIPOC Educators 
In-Person, 3–5 pm | Register here

The Shift Project and FSL Present: Allies & Faith: A peer led conversation series - screening “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts”
Open to students of faith and those interested in exploring their relationship with spirituality and allyship.
4-6 pm, QUIC Friendship Lounge, 208 Mitchell Hall
More details

Wednesday September 27
Film Screening: Beans
Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts | 6:00 pm 
Register | FREE | Faciltated discussion to follow

Thursday September 28
Film Screening: Indian Horse
Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts | 5:00 pm
Register | FREE | Faciltated discussion to follow

Friday September 29
Conversation with Dr. Sarah Funnell, Associate Dean, Indigenous Health titled, “Climbing the Mountain towards Reconciliation”
1 pm, School of Medicine (15 Arch St.) Room 132A + hybrid option 

Monday October 2
Sacred Fire at Agnes Benidickson Field, 1 pm

City of Kingston public gatherings & Events

City Park

Working in collaboration with the Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston, Kingston Interval House, Odemin Collective, Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest, and the Elizabeth Fry Society, have events planned to raise awareness about residential schools and missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people.
  • Orange Shirt Day Sacred Fire: Sept. 30, 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Sister in Spirit Day Sacred Fire: Oct. 4, 12 – 6 p.m.
Confederation Park
  • Indigenous community members will hold a Sacred Fire: Sept. 30, sunrise to sunset
  • Stop in front of the fountain and reflect on the legacy of residential schools at a temporary installation sharing the 94 Calls to Action: Sept. 26 - 30
  • City Hall will be illuminated orange: Sept. 30, sunset to sunrise
  • City Hall will raise the Every Child Matters flag: Sept. 30
Kingston Community Health Centres – 263 Weller Ave.
  • Indigenous community members will hold a Sacred Fire: Sept. 30, 7 a.m. - sunset
  • Community walk led by Kingston Community Health Centres and Kingston Police.
    • Participants will leave from 263 Weller Ave. at 9 a.m. to complete a 14.2 km walking loop to visit the community’s main events.

Online events and broadcasts 

APTN will air 35 hours of special programming.
In partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), APTN is producing a one-hour live broadcast and national commemorative gathering called Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which will take place at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa. The one-of-a-kind event will be led by children and residential school survivors and will air simultaneously across all APTN channels.

Learning resources and reports

Download the mobile app – Reconciliation: A Starting Point.
Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 calls to action or view them at a temporary installation in Confederation Basin.
Read the 231 calls to action in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Read reports related to residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Aboriginal Healing Reports, and more.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has developed a Residential School timeline. Download their free educational program, Remembering the Children, for grades 1 – 12.
See how close you live or work to a former residential school site using an interactive map created by CBC. 
Learn more about the Engage for Change project, which seeks to re-frame the relationship between Indigenous/First Peoples and non-Indigenous people in Kingston.