National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, held on September 30, is a day to recognize and reflect on Canada’s Indigenous history, while paving a path forward to reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples in May 2021, more than 200 unmarked children's graves were uncovered at Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C. Many more continue to be found across the 139 former institutions. There is much work to be done and it will require every one of us to become more informed and to act. Today is a great place to start and there will be many more opportunities to come.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events

Thursday, Sept. 21

Join the Office of Reconciliation & Inclusion to launch Seneca Polytechnic’s 2023 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation events and the grand opening of the new Courtyard at Seneca@York Campus at 11 a.m.

Isaac Murdoch, the artist behind “The Petition to the Water Spirits” mural, will deliver a hybrid address at 1 p.m., followed by limited-edition orange shirt sale at 2 p.m. Sales will continue at the Newnham Campus bookstore or online until Sunday, Oct. 1.

Isaac Murdoch biography

Monday, Sept. 25 to Friday, Sept. 29

Seneca Dining Services will also serve a special menu at all four campuses. Partial proceeds will go towards the Peggy Pitawanakwat Scholarship

Donate to the Peggy Pitawanakwat Scholarship

Thursday, Sept. 28

Join the Office of Reconciliation & Inclusion virtually from 1 to 2 p.m. for “Truth Before Reconciliation: How to Identify and Confront Residential School Denialism”, with Dr. Sean Carleton of the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Sean Carleton biography

Orange Shirt Day

September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, which acknowledges the legacy of residential schools while honouring the Indigenous children who were sent to them across Canada. Under the banner of Every Child Matters, Seneca is encouraging all students and employees to wear an orange shirt on this day and to learn more about the history of Orange Shirt Day through Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's story in her own words. Supporting Orange Shirt Day is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that Indigenous children are cared for and remembered.