The City honours Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with public ceremony at Fort Calgary
Opening ceremonies, dance, stories from an Elders, and from the Mayor and more will be held at Fort Calgary on September 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to commemorate Orange Shirt Day.
Although there are year around opportunities to learn about the history of the Indian residential school system, this is a special day to honour the children who were sent to residential schools in Canada and to remember thousands who never returned home.
“This year, The City continues to support community-based events,” says Harold Horesefall, Indigenous Issues Strategist with The City’s Indigenous Relations Office. “The day will begin with stories from survivors and following events at Fort Calgary, we’ll be inviting the public to use a complimentary shuttle from Fort Calgary to Prince’s Island (events will be at the Enmax Stage), or to Olympic Plaza for a walk of remembrance, where our community partners will be hosting an event from 11 a.m. onwards.”
For those who are interested in attending several events, Calgary Transit will be operating shuttle buses between several locations where Orange Shirt Day events are happening. The route will start at Fort Calgary, and stop at Olympic Plaza, Prince’s Island and Shaw Millennium Park before returning back to Fort Calgary.
There will also be a time for reflection and healing. The event is free and open to the public.
We encourage everyone to wear orange to show their support for Orange Shirt Day. For more information visit calgary.ca/orangeshirtday.