National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

October 1, 2021 | Campus Life

Leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day on September 30, MacEwan University offered space for healing and learning about the history of Indigenous people and communities in Canada.

We invite you to take a look back at some of the events and to access related resources.


MacEwan University lit the towers orange in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


The window display at kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre.

Meanwhile in Allard Hall, the Triffo Theatre shared the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action throughout the day. Learn more about the Calls to Action.


Throughout the day on September 30, kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre hosted a Sacred Fire Tipi and Wellness Circle with Elder Francis Whiskeyjack for anyone who wished to join together in healing.

Learn more about kihêw waciston and the services it offers.


Bear Healing Lodge and MacEwan's Faculty of Nursing led a Treaty Walk to the Alberta Legislature.

View the short film "Treaty Walk" to learn about the inspiration behind this walk.


A moment from Speaking Truth – Uniting Music Artists from Across Borders, an evening of music and healing on the eve of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The event, held in partnership between kihêw waciston and the University of Alberta's First Peoples' House, welcomed Indigenous artists Antoine Edwards Jr., Fawn Wood, Nataanii Means and Cree Confederation Drum Group.


Cree Confederation Drum Group performs at Speaking Truth.


Staff and faculty members hosted online sessions leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Pictured above (clockwise from upper left), Amber Dion, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; Terri Suntjens, director of Indigenous Initiatives; Elder Francis Whiskeyjack; and Shelby LaFramboise, assistant professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications provided a space for questions about the significance of the day.

Rewatch their presentation here.


This year's Orange Shirt Day shirts were designed by eight-year-old Amaya Suntjens (above), whose design honours her nimosôm (grandfather), who went to residential school when he was eight years old – the same age Amaya is now.

“I want people to know that every child matters and I want people to feel loved,” says Amaya.



Truth Telling and Teachings

Medicine Teachings with Elder Francis Whiskeyjack is part of a new video series developed by kihêw waciston, Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Edmonton Public Library, Yellowhead Tribal College and the City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Relations. 

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