For the first time this year, a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be officially recognized on Thursday, Sept. 30. This day, Orange Shirt Day, seeks to honour the survivors and children who did not make it home from Canada’s Residential School System and increase awareness around this shameful part of our country’s history, as we continue on the path towards reconciliation.
Mount Allison University takes the commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Calls to Action seriously. This year, the University will embark on a Week of Reflection around Truth and Reconciliation leading up to Sept. 30. The University will be closed on Sept. 30 to give students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to reflect in an authentic way. All classes and academic instruction regularly-scheduled for Sept. 30 will be cancelled and University offices will be closed (except for essential services, security, dining hall, facilities).
The Indigenous Affairs Office and the Indigenous Advisory Circle, along with the Indigenous Student Support Group, have organized a number of initiatives, activities, and learning opportunities, in partnership with local Indigenous communities and Elders.
Truth and Reconciliation Week events
We Were Children documentary screening — Sept. 26
In partnership with the Town of Sackville, there will be a viewing of the documentary We Were Children, which shares the story of Canada's Indian Residential Schools through the eyes of two children. Free of charge. Mature content, emotional support will be on site.
#OrangeShirtEveryDay — Sept. 27-Oct. 1
To show support for families affected by Canada's residential school system and honour the children who did not return home, the Mount Allison community is encouraged to wear orange all week. #EveryChildMatters car decals are available at the Bookstore with a portion of the proceeds going to Mi'kmaq Child and Family in Fort Folly First Nation.
Sweat Lodge Ceremony — Sept. 27
Sweat Lodge, Indigenous Ceremonial Space
76 York St.
Open to Mount Allison community only and pre-registration is required by e-mailing email@example.com by Friday, Sept. 24 as space is limited.
Orange Hand Prints — Sept. 28 and Sept. 29
12 p.m.-5 p.m. each day
Tipi, Indigenous Ceremonial Space, 76 York St.
Open to all students, faculty, and staff to come place an orange handprint on the tipi to recognize the children who did not make it home.
Then and Now, Elder William Nevin — Sept. 29
Wu Centre, Dunn Building
The President's Speakers Series, Moving Forward, Together, begins with Mi'kmaw Ceremonial Elder William Nevin of Elsipogtog First Nation. All welcome to attend. Masks are required.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — Sept. 30
No classes and University offices are closed
A day of reflection and to honour all the families whose lives were changed forever due to the impact of residential schools.
Since 2018, Mount Allison holds an annual Powwow in collaboration with the Town of Sackville. The family-friendly event is open to all students and community members to celebrate and learn more about Indigenous culture.
Sweat Lodge ceremonies
Various events and activities, including Sweat Lodge ceremonies, are held on sacred space on campus during the academic year and during special events. Located behind Colville House, the space includes a Sacred Sweat Lodge, teepee, and the Three Sisters Garden.
These spaces also serve as teaching and gathering spaces.
Other events recognized on campus annually include:
- Treaty Day
- National Orange Shirt Day
- Sisters in Spirit Vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
- National Indigenous Peoples Day
For the most up-to-date events and dates, visit our Calendar of Events.