National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021
For the first time this year, a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be officially recognized on Thursday, September 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 September 30. The University will be closed on September 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 September 30 will be cancelled and University offices will be closed (except for essential services, security, dining hall, facilities).
The Indigenous Affairs Office, the Indigenous Advisory Circle along with the Indigenous Student Support Group are working on a number of initiatives, activities, and learning opportunities, in partnership with local Indigenous communities and Elders. These will take place on campus and virtually between September 27-29. Watch for additional notices on campus and on the University’s Calendar of Events in the coming weeks, including our efforts to support the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation "Light the Country Orange" campaign.
We encourage all members of the Mount Allison community to wear orange throughout the week in memory of these children and the many others who were sent to residential schools, for those who never returned, and in honour of all families whose lives were changed forever. Stay tuned for an additional communication on how you can participate in the special events.
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.