National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

About the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

“In June 2021, the House of Commons unanimously passed legislation to make September 30 a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve for those who were lost.” (Gov’t of MB, 2021)

Brandon University is pleased to be partnering alongside local community groups, organizations and members in creating and supporting opportunities to gather, listen and learn on September 30 and throughout the week.

For more details about community events, contact Michelle Bessette in the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre at

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation @ BU

Campus Activities & Gatherings

Indigenous Inspired Menu – Sept 27 – 30
Join BU Food Services for a week long celebration of Indigenous inspired dishes
Down Under Cafeteria (Lower Level – McMaster Hall)

Orange Shirt Day Display – Sept 27 – 30
BU’s John E. Robbins Library honours Phyllis’ story with an Orange Shirt Display (in-person) and invites the community to learn more about Canada’s Residential School system through its curated collection of books and resources. Scroll down for direct links!

BU Teaching House: Residential Schools – Sept 29 (CANCELLED)
This virtual gathering has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for another time.

Wear your Orange Shirt – Sept 30
Every Child Matters – Orange Shirts available for purchase on campus and in the community

Connect with BU colleagues at Community Events
BU’s Diversity & Human Rights Office invites you to reach out if you would like to connect with others from across campus at various community events.

Contact Cheryl at

Educator & Community Resources

LibGuides, Virtual Displays and more!
The BU John E. Robbins Library offers a collection of books and resources that raise awareness about Canada’s Residential School system. Learn more about resources available to you or for in the classroom by viewing the virtual displays below.

Orange Shirt Day Books 

Residential School Books and Authors

Indigenous Curriculum Collection

Research Connection & Indigenous Authors/Researchers Book Display
BU’s Centre for Aboriginal & Rural Education Studies partners with the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for an Orange Shirt Day Research Connection, as they compile messages from the Orange Shirt Day reflections activity from across campus over the years.

Research Connection – Orange Shirt Day Messages

BU CARES invites visitors to borrow from their hosted collection of books. Contact Michelle Lam at for more details.