Orange Shirt Day Events 2022

Date posted: September 26, 2022

Here are some National Day of Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day events happening around the city on September 29 and 30.

Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony

Centennial Square, Friday, September 30, 10 AM to 12:30 PM

Indigenous performances, Flag raising, Minute of silence, Guest speakers who share their personal experiences with residential schools and reconciliation. Link.

UVic Orange Shirt Day

University of Victoria, Thursday, September 29

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to attend campus Orange Shirt Day events on September 29. The morning will start with the lighting of the Sacred Fire at 9 a.m., after which Survivors will share their reflections. Following a break for lunch from 12-1 p.m., there will be a dialogue on resurgence and witness reflections before closing remarks and a closing prayer at 3 p.m. Link.

Camosun Orange Shirt Day Event

Na’tsa’maht: The Gathering Place, Lansdowne campus, Thursday, September 29

All students and employees are invited to witness and participate in this significant ceremony remembering the residential school experience. Dr. Barney Williams is the event MC. He is a survivor and was an Elder on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

1:00 pm Gather at Na’tsa’maht

1:30 pm Presentation by the Quilters for Survivors. Coffee, tea, and snacks to follow. Guest speakers Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray.

Link.

South Island Powwow, organized by Songhees Nation

Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave, Friday, September 30

Schedule of Events:

Doors open | 10:00 am

Opening ceremony | 11:00 am

Grand entry | 12:00 pm

Intertribal dances

Grand Entry | 6:00 pm

Intertribal dances

Retirement of colours | 12:00 am

Cost: Free to attend

Link.

GoByBikeBC Truth and Reconciliation Day Ride

Songhees Park, 40 Saghalie Rd, Friday, September 30

We will start at Songhees Park at 10 AM for a family-safe ride along Victoria’s AAA (all ages & abilities) network to Royal Athletic Park, arriving at 11:45 AM in time for the South Island Powwow’s Grand Entry Ceremony.

Diane Sam, of Songhees First Nation, will kick off the ride with a talk about the significance and history of the land around Songhees Park. Link.