Orange virtual background with black and orange feathers created for use during Truth and Reconciliation week.
Virtual background created for use during Truth and Reconciliation week.
Friday, September 24 - 2021
Raquel A. Russell

This Truth and Reconciliation week, the U of T Scarborough community honours those lost to the residential school system, their families and communities.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, we recognize and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.

Every Sept. 30th, Orange Shirt Day is honoured around the world. This day was created by residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad to give voice to the thousands of First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, and recognize their pain and their truth as residential school survivors.  On this day, we join in the international call that Every Child Matters.

On Sept. 30 we also recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that for the first time this year will be recognized as a federal statutory holiday.

While the University of Toronto will remain open on Sept. 30th, the Orange Shirt Day and the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation planning team encourages U of T Scarborough students, faculty, and staff to take time on this day to reflect and to consider individual and collective actions in response to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the final report of the University of Toronto’s steering committee, Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin.

Please take a moment to explore and register in U of T Scarborough Truth and Reconciliation week events this year.

For Indigenous related programming, check out the  Indigenous Outreach Program that works to support students, staff and faculty on and off campus while striving to inspire inclusive excellence.

Wisdom J. Tettey Vice-President & Principal of University of Toronto Scarborough
U of T Scarborough Principal Wisdom Tettey honours the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


U of T Scarborough Truth & Reconciliation Week Events

Downloadable complete list of U of T Scarborough Truth & Reconciliation Week events. 


The Office of Experience and Wellbeing invites U of T Scarborough students, faculty, and staff to share a brief statement of what they are doing to respond to the Calls to Action.

The Home Project: Exploring Cultural Drumming & Music as Home – MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 5-6:30 P.M. (VIRTUAL)

The Home Project is a series of visual, creative, and learning events to address the many facets that come with the idea of 'home'. This virtual/online event will be hosted as part of Truth & Reconciliation Week and will highlight local & global communities that have cultural drumming and music as a key piece of their identity. We want you to participate in a space that celebrates how we are all connected through the heartbeat of the drum.

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REVITALIZATION OF CULTURE: Indigenous Artist Share with Thirza Cuthand and Marcus Gosse – TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2021, 1-2 P.M. (VIRTUAL)

U of T Scarborough Indigenous Engagement Coordinator Juanita Muise moderates a series of talks with Indigenous artists from across Canada, sharing their stories of cultural revitalization and the role it plays in their practice. Indigenous Canadians for generations have fought for their traditions in the wake of attempted assimilation and systemic oppression. Presented by the Indigenous Outreach Program at the University of Toronto Scarborough in collaboration with the Doris McCarthy Gallery, this program will celebrate and recognize the work of Indigenous artists who are keeping alive cultural practices and taking action for 7 generations to come.

Marking Truth and Reconciliation Week, this September session of the program features Mi’kmaq painter Marcus Gosse.

This talk is open to the public, all are welcome. After registering, attendees will be provided with a Zoom link to join the talk virtually.

Register and learn more about the artists


Come join the U of T Indigenous Book Club as we celebrate Truth & Reconciliation week. Learn about various books, podcasts, & other media by Indigenous peoples of Canada. The event will conclude with a sharing circle where participants will select 3 items that participants will read or listen to for the next event in November.

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ORANGE SHIRT BEADING WORKSHOP #2 – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2021 – 9:30 A.m.-11:30 A.M. (in-person)

You're invited! This in-person, hands-on orange shirt beading workshop’s purpose is to offer the UTSC community an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to have healthy conversations about the Indian Residential School system in Canada. All people are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Learn about the practice/tradition of beading, and hear stories of Indigenous peoples as you bead.

Learn more and register today 


On Thursday, Sept. 30, as we honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, join in on virtual events by wearing an orange article of clothing to show solidarity. Share your picture on social media using the #OrangeShirtDay hashtag and please remember to tag @UTSC.

Customize your Microsoft Teams and Zoom Backgrounds using these custom backgrounds. Some artwork courtesy of Isaac Murdoch.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Virtual Orange Background with some feathers throughout. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Virtual Orange Background with some feathers throughout. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Virtual Orange Background with some feathers throughout.



You are invited to tune into a livestream from the Indigenous Garden at the UTSC Campus Farm. Orange Shirt Day is a time for quiet contemplation and for learning, and we hope this view of the garden will encourage reflection about the impact of residential schools. With thanks to Dani Kwan-Lafond, Alexis Bornyk, Simon Reyes, Isaac Crosby, Béatrice Lego, Blake Markle, Joe Hermer, and the Department of Sociology, for their work on the Indigenous Garden and the livestream project.

Livestream link


Join us for a virtual event on Orange Shirt Day, a national movement in recognition of the experiences of survivors of residential schools in Canada. In the spirit of reconciliation and healing, Canadians are asked to wear an orange shirt on this day to acknowledge that every child matters.

*Important note* in order to access the session, all attendees must preregister for the Zoom session. Following registration, the Zoom link and password will be automatically sent!

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Come join our circle for reconciliation as we explore the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and set goals for change as a community. Canada’s new Governor General Mary Simon stated on her installation this past July, “My view is that reconciliation is a way of life and requires work every day. Reconciliation is getting to know one another.” Hosted by the U of T Scarborough Indigenous Outreach Program, Office of Student Experience & Well-Being.

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UTSC’s Unity Celebration: Calls to Action (Hosted by Juanita Muise, Indigenous Engagement Coordinator) – Friday, Oct 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (VIRTUAL)

Come join Juanita Muise virtually as she acknowledges the amazing work being done on our campus around reconciliation and the calls to action. See how our student community, faculty and staff are taking action in solidarity. Juanita Muise is UTSC’s Indigenous Engagement Coordinator and she is personally arranging and inviting you to this exciting event to celebrate in allyship. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register today