How to Mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Calgary

Observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and learn more about Indigenous culture at these events on and around September 30.

Orange Shirt Day Walk in 2020. Photograph courtesy of CIF Reconciliation Society.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events with the Calgary Public Library

The Calgary Public Library and the University of Calgary have teamed up on two National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events on September 29. Check out a virtual discussion on the role people play in truth and reconciliation and a virtual/in-person film screening of Beans. On September 30, you can also see Indigenous Placemaking installations at several library locations from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Pokaiks – The Children Commemorative Walk & Gathering Event

On September 30, CIF Reconciliation Society is hosting the 2023 Pokaiks – The Children Commemorative Walk and Gathering event. It begins with an 11 a.m. walk starting at City Hall that will travel down Stephen Avenue to Shaw Millennium Park where there will be Indigenous dancers, speakers, artisans, drummers and more.

Walk starts at the Residential School Memorial on the Calgary Municipal Plaza steps,


4 Winds Indigenous Showcase & Market

From 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., shop from Indigenous artisans and see live performances at this market curated by Four Winds YYC in the Jack Singer Concert Hall lobby. Check back for a list of participants closer to the event on September 30.

Jack Singer Concert Hall Lobby, 225 8 Ave. S.E.,


Speak Up! Panel at Studio Bell

On September 30, Studio Bell is offering free admission, and it’s a great opportunity to visit the National Music Centre’s Speak Up! exhibition that highlights the work of several Indigenous musical artists. There will also be a Speak Up! panel discussion hosted by David McLeod at 1 p.m. Stop by to hear about music’s role in reconciliation and see live performances with Fawn Wood, Eekwol and Shane Ghostkeeper.

850 4 St. S.E., 403-543-5115,


Elders Story Project

The Elders Story Project is holding its first public event on the evening of September 30. At the event, you’ll hear from Indigenous Elders as they share their stories and experiences with residential schools, their journey to healing and their culture. Tickets are free and donations support the Elders Knowledge Circle Society.

Jack Singer Concert Hall, 225 8 Ave. S.E.,


Numbers Unveiled: A Journey into their Sacred Significance

The CIF Reconciliation Society and Southcentre Mall have teamed up to present an art installation commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in the mall. On display near Sporting Life until September 30, Numbers Unveiled: A Journey into their Sacred Significance features four artworks by seven Indigenous artists that explore Indigenous culture and reconciliation.

100 Anderson Rd. S.E.,


NFB Film Screenings

Three National Film Board movies about Indigenous history and culture will be available to watch at Arts Commons on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The films are split into two screenings, and you can get free tickets to both or just one screening.

Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Ave. S.E.,


Orange Shirt Day at Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary is offering free admission on September 30, as well as programming like two walking tours, crafts and a film screening featuring guest speaker Michelle Thrush. Guests are encouraged to wear orange.

Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E.,

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