Truth and Reconciliation Week

September 30 marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, we remember and honour the children who never came home and the survivors of the residential school system.

All week, LPPL is hosting free events to provide opportunities to listen and learn and celebrate Indigenous culture and resilience.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, September 27, 10:30 AM
Fleming Branch, Beamsville
Drop in and listen to stories written by Indigenous authors and stencil an orange moccasin as part of the Moccasin Identifier.

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 PM
Fleming Branch, Beamsville
Local Anishinaabe-Ukrainian author Patty Krawec from Lac Seul First Nation will discuss her new book Becoming Kin, and how we might live differently in the relationships we inherit. Register at any LPPL branch or online.

Friday, September 30, 10 AM – 5 PM
Fonthill Branch
Drop in and stencil a moccasin as part of the Moccasin Identifier.

Friday, September 30, 3 – 5 PM
Fleming Branch, Beamsville

Led by Music for the Spirit from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, spend the afternoon creating art, listening to stories, and honouring Indigenous culture. Presented in partnership with Downtown Bench Beamsville.

3 – 4 PM: ART WORKSHOPS
Led by Indigenous youth instructors, follow step-by-step to create artwork representing truth and reconciliation.

• acrylic • watercolour • pencil sketch

4 – 4:30 PM: DANCE DEMONSTRATION
Learn traditional dances with a Haudenosaunee elder.

Guided tours and stories of relations and connections along the Indigenous art path and by the “As the Cycle Turns” Every Child Matters sculpture.

4:30 – 5 PM: OPENING TEACHINGS
Drumming and dance social celebrating and honouring Indigenous culture and the path forward.

September 26 – September 30:
Read the StoryWalk® Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by residential school survivor and Orange Shirt Day creator Phyllis Webstad along the windows at the Fleming Branch. This year, Phyllis is visiting the Niagara Region. Many events are being held in her honour.

Pick up a children’s activity kit with colouring sheets and activities to learn about the Orange Shirt Day story.

Saturday, October 1:
The StoryWalk® will also be up at the 8th Annual Niagara Regional Native Centre Pow Wow on Saturday, October 1. The Pow Wow runs from 11 AM – 10 PM at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. It is free to attend.

Educate yourself:

The Witness Blanket is a large-scale work of art. The project contain hundreds of items that are connected to stories told by survivors of the residential school system. A safe space is available by clicking the red-and-white icon in the upper right corner.

Take an in-person or virtual tour of the Woodland Cultural Centre, the former Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford.

Read the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (also available in print).

Watch the Indigenous Perspectives documentary series produced by the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.

Read books:

Here are few recommended titles:

Call Me Indian: From The Trauma Of Residential School To Becoming The NHL’s First Treaty Indigenous Player
by Fred Sasakamoose
Borrow the book | Read the eBook | Listen to the audiobook

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
by Tanya Talaga
Borrow the book | Read the eBook | Listen to the audiobook

Heart Berries: A Memoir
by Terese Mailhot
Borrow the book | Read the eBook | Listen to the audiobook

Find more books for adults.

Find more books for children and teens.

Search our full Indigenous collection here.

Support Indigenous organizations:

Learn about and support local Indigenous communities through these organizations:
Niagara Regional Native Centre
Niagara Region Métis Council
Niagara Chapter Native Women
Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

If you are a residential school Survivor or family member in need of emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-800-925-4419.