National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events

Re-circulated by the New Westminster & District Labour Council

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


On behalf of our Executive Board, delegates, and staff, we acknowledge the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation taking place on September 30.

We hope folks will use this opportunity to reflect on the history of this country and to commit to stand up and speak out for the rights of Indigenous peoples. Below are some ways to learn about the significance of Orange Shirt Day, and resources that will advance your understanding of reconciliation. 

As part of our commitment to the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we are observing this day by closing our office.



Online (from anywhere)

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc worldwide drumming circle (September 30, 2021, 2:15 pm). Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation is inviting people across the world to simultaneously drum for the missing children of Indian residential schools on the first ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The time, 2:15 pm, was chosen to signify the 215 children found on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May of this year. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is urging everyone to learn the Secwepemc Honour Song, which can be accessed on YouTube.<>

How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30. CBC Link here.<>

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation hosted by Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. All content is accessible on Thursday, September 30, 2021.  For more information and full event details visit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund website<>.

Truth and Reconciliation Talking Circle hosted by University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am). This 90-minute event is open to everyone. National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s website<>.<>

Bent Arrow Presents Orange Shirt Day (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm). Facebook Live @BentArrowYEG. Link here.<>

Lex̱éywa Art Activism: A recalling of a residential school experience. Link here.<>


Lex̱éywa Art Activism: A recalling of a residential school experience. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Campus, Evered Hall – S1114 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. Contact<> for more information.


Truth Marking Walk (September 30, 2021, 4:00 pm gather, 5:00 pm walk). Information package attached<>.<>


Drum for the Children: Orange Shirt Day/National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Lafarge Lake. (September 30, 2021, 2:00 pm). Link here.<>

Dawson Creek

Orange Shirt Day March, N.A.R. Park. (September 30, 2021, 3:00 pm). This annual march honours all those who have been affected by the Indian Residential School experience. Participants are encouraged to wear orange. More information and event details can be located on the event organizers’ Facebook page.<>


Family Orange Shirt Days, Okanagan Heritage Museum. (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and October 2, 2021, 10:00 am). Okanagan Heritage Museum. Link here.<>

Maple Ridge

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Community Vigil, Memorial Peace Park. (September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm). Link here.<>


National Day of Truth and Reconciliation with Phyllis Webstad (September 30, 2021,11:00 am). P<>oster attached<>.<>


Honouring Our Children & Survivors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am). Link here.<>

Port Alberni

Orange Shirt Day Walk, Meet at the Harbour Key. (September 30, 2021, 11:00 am). Poster attached.<>

Port Moody

Honouring the Children: Orange Shirt Day, Noons Creek Hatchery. (September 30, 2021, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm) Link here.<>

Prince George

National Truth & Reconciliation Day at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. (September 30th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm). Link here.<>

Prince Rupert

Truth and Reconciliation Walk, Prince Rupert Middle School Track and Field. (September 30, 2021, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm). Link here.<>


Every Child Matters 5K Walk – Tears for the Children, Hope for the Future, Millennium Trail. (September 30, 2021, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm). Link here.<>


Orange Shirt Day Elders’ Walk with the Britannia Centre. (September 30, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm). Link here.<>

Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm) Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square 850 W. Georgia Street. Link here.<>

Orange Shirt Day: Beans (Filmmaker Q+A) at the Rio Theatre. (September 30, 2021, 4:00 pm). Link here.<>

Orange Shirt Day: Don’t Say its Name (BC Premiere/ Director Q+A) at the Rio Theatre. (September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm). Link here.<>


Orange Shirt Day, University of Victoria. (September 29, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm). The day is organized into three events that represent the past, present and future, starting at 9 a.m., noon and 3:30 p.m. Speakers will discuss the history of residential schools and the role of education in reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. Link here.<> The university is also hosting film screenings at Cinecenta on September 27 and 28.

National Reconciliation Day Ride, starting and ending at Centennial Square. (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm). Capital Bike and Victoria Orange Shirt Day are hosting a bike ride in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, with stops at locations of significance to the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people where organizers will share stories about each stop’s history. Link here.<>

ReconciliAction Oak Bay, at the Sno’uyutth Welcome Pole in front of Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am 11:00 am). A group of community organizations invites residents to an event honouring residential school survivors, their families and the children who never came home. Members of the Songhees Nation will be present to share their wisdom. Link here.<>

Unveiling of territorial acknowledgement plaque, Hampton Park, 3401 Tillicum Road. (September 30, 2021, 11:00 am). Hampton Little League is unveiling a permanent sign in the park acknowledging the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm). Link here.<>

Open house at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street. (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm). The art gallery is welcoming visitors to view their two current exhibitions for free, which offer starting points for conversations around reconciliation. Holding Ground is an Indigenous-led exhibition that examines the history and continuation of Indigenous resistance. Link here.<>

ReconciliAction Oak Bay is hosting a film screening of Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket, Canadian College of Performing Arts, 1701 Elgin Road. (October 1, 2021, 7:00 pm). Link here.<>

Williams Lake

Williams Lake First Nations will be holding a ceremony on September 30th to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The ceremony will start at 1:00 pm at the St. Joseph’s Mission site, which will then be followed by a vehicle procession to the Arbor, at which there will be a drum circle at 2.15 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Link here.<>

Story Walk (self-guided) – Kiwanis Park, 198 4th Ave North. (September 30, 2021, all day). Link here.<>



  1.  Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Reports and Calls to Action. Link here.<>

  2.  Familiarize yourself with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Link here.<>

  3.  Sign on to the Change.Org petition created by BCTF members Rick Joe and Peggy Janicki. Link here.<>

  4.  Find out what First Nations Territory you reside on and make a point of Acknowledging it. Link here.<>

  5.  Understand the symbolism of the orange shirt. Link here.<>

  6.  Read Indigenous authors and watch Indigenous movies, buy Indigenous-made gifts, listen to podcasts and follow Indigenous news sources. Link here.<>

  7.  Create a Back Pocket Reconciliation Plan. Link here.<>



National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Re-circulated by the New Westminster & District Labour Council

**September 30, 2021 is Orange Shirt Day**


The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation, who announced more than 200 unmarked graves had been found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is inviting people to mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. They have shared a video to help people learn the Secwepemc Honour Song to drum and sing at 2:15 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 30.

Chief Rosanne Casimir says news of the unmarked graves sparked a global outpouring of support and the invitation offers a way for people to connect. The nation is encouraging participants to teach the honour song in schools, workplaces and at home.


The NWDLC Community and Social Action Committee ordered orange Every Child Matters t-shirts from the Orange Shirt Society. The shirts were provided by Kit and Kaboodle in Williams Lake and $5.00 from the sale of every shirt goes to the Society to support their work. Due to high provincial demand we were only able to source the following sizes at this time:

Youth Large, Adult Small, Adult medium, Adult Large and Adult 3XL.

Shirts are available at a cost of $20 to delegates, with some shirts also being donated to local Indigenous groups.

Please contact the Labour Council office if you would like to pick up a shirt before September 30th, at 604-291-9306 or

Please note, our office will be closed on September 30 in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.



Webinar on Paid Sick Leave for BC Workers

Shared on behalf of the BC Federation of Labour

The BCFED is thrilled to share the details for an upcoming lunchtime webinar – Beyond the Pandemic: Permanent Paid Sick Leave for BC Workers. The event will feature the Honourable Michael Wood, the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety in New Zealand; Dr. Stephanie Premji, Associate Professor in Labour Studies from McMaster; and BC’s very own Kim Novak, President of UFCW 1518. The event is co-hosted by SFU Labour studies with support from Vancity Credit Union.
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Registration link: Eventbrite
Cost: Free to attend

Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Anti-Asian Discrimination and Hate Victimization: What do BC Residents Think?

Circulated on Behalf of NWDLC

From SFU’s School of Criminology

Researchers in Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology are seeking information about discrimination and hate victimization during COVID-19 for a study titled: The Impact of COVID-19 on Anti-Asian Discrimination and Hate Victimization: What do BC Residents Think? 

Anyone meeting the study’s selection criteria is welcome to participate, but the researchers are particularly interested in those who have had direct or vicarious experiences with anti-Asian discrimination, victimization, and/or interactions with the police. The study involves anonymous surveys with BC residents to explore their experiences and feelings of safety during the pandemic and learn about perceptions of and relationships with local police. Respondents will be entered to win a gift card upon survey completion. Information:

Please feel free to share this information among your informal networks.

For more information, contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Stephanie Wiley ( or Research Assistant, Emma Wong (




Feedback Wanted on Two Surveys: Skilled Trades Certification and Paid Sick Leave

Re-circulated on behalf of the New Westminster & District Labour Council

Here are two important opportunities for feedback and input. Please take a moment to complete the surveys and share widely with your contacts:

Survey on Skilled Trades Certification

Background: In 2003 the BC Liberals removed the compulsory trades system in BC, and we are currently the only province without a certification system. Your input in support of restoring compulsory trade certification is important to ensure workers voices are heard. The made-in-B.C. certification system will support higher paying, more stable work for trades workers and help the province build the foundation of a strong economy. Survey is open until August 31st at 4pm.

Survey on Paid Sick Leave

Background from Hon. Raj Chouhan, MLA:

Our government introduced three days of paid sick leave during the pandemic, to bridge the gap for people accessing the federal sickness benefit. At the same time, we committed to putting in place a permanent paid sick leave program, so that everyone can access paid sick days and stay home when they need to. This permanent program will come into effect in January 2022, but we want you to tell us what it should look like.
We want to make sure this program reflects the needs and experiences of people in B.C., so we’re inviting both workers and employers to participate in a short survey to help us shape the program. The survey is open until September 14. Whether you currently have paid sick days at your workplace or not, we want to hear from you. The survey should only take a few minutes and doesn’t ask for any personal information. All the responses will be kept confidential.

*Note: The BC Federation of Labour is calling for a permanent, universal, accessible, and employer-paid sick leave program in BC.


Feedback Wanted on Proposed Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Temporary Foreign Workers)

Shared on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are proposing regulatory amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), which are now published for consultation in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a period of 30 days.

The proposed regulatory amendments aim to strengthen protections for temporary foreign workers to prevent potential mistreatment or abuse during their period of employment in Canada.

Publication for consultation in the Canada Gazette Part I gives all Canadians and stakeholders a chance to submit comments about proposed regulations. We invite you to take this opportunity to learn about the proposed amendments and provide feedback.

Details on the proposed amendments for consultation are publicly available on the Canada Gazette website: Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Temporary Foreign Workers)

Please note that we are accepting submissions until August 9, 2021

Please provide your comments to:

August 5th Hilton Metrotown Sit-In

Shared on behalf of Unite HERE! Local 40


ACTION: August 5th Hilton Metrotown Sit-In!


After 112 days of being locked out, it’s time we stand together with the women who cook for, clean after, and serve guests in hotels! No one should lose their job just because of the pandemic. On Aug. 5th, join fired and locked out Hilton Metrotown workers, hotel workers, and women leaders in the labour movement for a sit-in at the Hilton Metrotown to urge the hotel to bring workers back to their jobs!


When: Thursday, August 5th at 5 pm
Where: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown hotel, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC


Stand With Asians Coalition Petition

Recirculated from SWAC/ MP Peter Julian petition-take action!



As part of its efforts to combat a “staggering increase in anti-Asian racism” in Canada, Stand With Asians Coalition (SWAC) is calling on the House of Commons to take six concrete steps. These steps are clearly outlined in a parliamentary petition launched on June 17 and sponsored by New Westminster – Burnaby MP Peter Julian. This petition was partly inspired by MP Peter Julian’s parliamentary motion M-84 – Anti-Hate Crimes and Incidents.

The exact text of Petition e-3512 is available through the House of Commons website and can be signed online.


June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Re-circulated by the New Westminster & District Labour Council

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21

This National Indigenous Peoples Day we stand in solidarity and support with Indigenous communities. The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association is holding a joint virtual event with the City of Surrey. Link and information can be found here:

NIPD this year comes in the wake of the horrific and heartbreaking discovery of 215 Indigenous children in a mass unmarked grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

If you are a survivor of the Indian Residential School system or inter-generational trauma there are supports available:

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Their mandate is

“To assist First Nation Peoples in British Columbia to recognize and be holistically empowered from the primary and generational effect of the Residential Schools by supporting research, education, awareness, establishing partnerships, and advocating for justice and healing. The Society assists Survivors with counselling, court support, information, referrals, workshops and more.”

IRSSS Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066

24hr National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

KUU-US Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717

Tsow-Tun-Le Lum: 1-866-925-4419


For non-Indigenous delegates wanting to take action, here are some suggestions and resources:


Learn about the impacts of the Indian Residential School system

  • Read the TRC’s 94 recommendations
  • Contact your MPs and local officials
  • Actively listen to people of First Nations, Inuit and Métis backgrounds
  • Stand up to stereotypes, prejudice and systemic racism
  • Have conversations with your family and friends (even children)
  • Be respectful towards trauma survivors and elders
  • Support Indigenous-led community organizations
  • Be patient, empathetic & receptive (it’s distressing for everyone)
  • Raise awareness in your community/online (wear orange)


Read Volume 4 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Residential School system:


7 Free Ways to make a difference from First Nations Child & Family Caring Society


Donate and support work at organizations like:


Follow and amplify Indigenous voices on social media and in the news:




Unequal Women Campaign

Circulated on behalf of NWDLC

Shared on behalf of Single Mothers’ Alliance BC


At our regular meeting, delegates voted to sign on to the Open Letter Calling on Hotels to Safeguard Women’s Jobs in BC

SMA for Gender & Economic Justice and Migrante BC invite all allies in the community sector: non-profit organizations, labour unions, charities, community-based groups, businesses, key stakeholders and elected officials, to publicly sign and endorse this letter in support of Unite Here Local 40’s Unequal Women campaign.

Together, we call for immediate action on the part of hotel employers to halt their current actions amid the COVID-19 crisis and safeguard the jobs and livelihoods of all workers in the hospitality sector in BC. Please note the entity you represent in the Comments box to the left. Thank you very much. 

The letter will remain open to signatories until June 18thth, 2021. After June 18th, this letter will be delivered to the BC Hotel Association and those CC’d, including specific hotel employers, government ministries and other stakeholders listed on the letter, by email and mail. Signing this letter means that your name and/or the name of the entity you represent will appear in the list of signatories included with the letter. All signatories will be informed when the letter is sent.

Please read the full letter here

Please sign the letter here:


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