September 30 is a federal statutory holiday commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

It is also a recognized as Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day inspired by the story of Indian Residential School Survivor Phyllis Webstad. On this day people across the country wear orange shirts to honour children who survived Residential Schools and to remember those who did not.

Ways the physiotherapy community can mark this important day:

Find out more about Orange Shirt Shirt Day and the Orange Shirt Society.

Visit Orange Shirt Society

Assembly of First Nations It’s Our Time Toolkit

Access tools to help you reflect on the intergenerational harm that Residential Schools have caused Indigenous families and communities.

It’s Our Time Toolkit 

Truth and Reconciliation Week

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, offers a national program Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022 open to all schools across Canada. This year’s theme is “Remembering the Children” and this event will memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors and their families. Learning and commemorating the truth of our history from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge keepers is an important part of the path to Reconciliation.