Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR). The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.
Flags half-mast at City Hall
Time: 7 a.m. - 8:25 p.m.
The flags at all Government of Canada, Alberta and Airdrie facilities will be lowered to half-mast.
Elder Talk with John Sinclair
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society presents an opportunity to hear Elder John Sinclair, Cree Nation, share his stories and teachings. The Elder Talk will take place at the Bert Church LIVE Theatre lobby.
New Blood - A Story of Reconciliation at Bert Church LIVE Theatre
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society in partnership with the City of Airdrie presents “New Blood – A Story of Reconciliation,” a highly acclaimed theatre production celebrating Blackfoot history and tradition featuring Siksika Musicians and Dancers and the music of Peter Gabriel at the Bert Church LIVE Theatre. This commemoration event brings our communities together in truth and reconciliation, honouring Survivors, their families and their communities.
City Hall will be illuminated in orange on Sept. 30
To commemorate this significant day and to honour the survivors, their families and communities.
September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day which was an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters.” On this day, all Canadians are encouraged to wear orange to honour the thousands of survivors of residential schools.
In 2022, the first official commemoration of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was hosted in Airdrie through a collaboration between the City of Airdrie, Circle Connections for Reconciliation Society (CCFRS), Elders and Knowledge-Keepers from across Treaty 7 territory as well as Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3.