a hanging shirt that says every child matters

Special Edition:
National Truth and 
Reconciliation /
Orange Shirt Day

September 29th, 2022
Orange Shirt Day takes place annually on September 30 and is a global day of recognition and awareness-raising about residential schools. Community members are encouraged to wear orange to show their support and to honour survivors of residential schools. For survivors of residential schools, Orange Shirt Day reaffirms that their lived experience matters and recognizes the multiple generations who experienced trauma.

Correspondingly, the federal holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, is also held on September 30.  Across the country, hundreds of local activities are taking place that commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools.

TMU Events and Resources

Orange Shirt day
A folded orange shirt

Truth and Reconcilliation
photo of a drum

Olivia's Land Acknowledgment

Submitted by Olivia Washington


Alex's Land Acknowledgment

Submitted by Alex Richler 

A photo of Alex

The Space Between Us: Exploring Colonization And Injustice Through Red: A Haida Manga

By CaraTiemens, former ProCom MPC student


RED book cover
RED: A Haida Manga is an Indigenous comic book based on a traditional Haida narrative, and it was created by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, who is of Haida descent. This major research paper examines RED from three different perspectives: 1) how RED functions as a comic book in terms of its format and structure; 2) how it challenges contemporary ideas of indigeneity presented in the mainstream media; and 3) how it defies genre and reader expectations. These three analyses demonstrate how Yahgulanaas uses the structure, narrative, and artistic style of RED to create a political statement about colonization, as well as a social commentary on injustice faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada.

CMN 306 Risk and Crisis Communication

Submitted by Catherine Jenkins

'Examining Urban Indigenous Risks and Crises' received an ECI Grant from The Creative School, and ProCom's Dorian Charette is acting as the RA on this project. We're researching issues such as housing, food insecurity, health, education, justice and violence experienced by Indigenous populations in Tkaronto/Toronto. The intention is to increase awareness about the presence of these populations in the city and the issues they face, providing information so students can co-develop possible responses to urban Indigenous risks and crises with community members. Although created with the intention of supporting student assignments in CMN 306: Risk and Crisis Communication, this resource will be available via the University's Pressbooks platform to offer information to the larger school community by early 2023.

Oral Traditions

Submitted by Taelor Lewis Jospeh

CMN 216 Reading about colonizing communication and what's legal.

Throughout history, Aboriginal societies in North America have relied on the oral transmission of stories, histories, lessons and other knowledge to maintain a historical record and sustain their cultures and identities. According to scholars Renée Hulan and Renate Eigenbrod, oral traditions are “the means by which knowledge is reproduced, preserved and conveyed from generation to generation. Oral traditions form the foundation of Aboriginal societies, connecting speaker and listener in communal experience and uniting past and present in memory.”

CanadaLand: Return to Thunder Bay

Submitted by Taelor Lewis Joseph

An illustration of a person wearing a hoodie walking into into a town
From the website: Vocal fry. Code switching. Black Twitter. Valley girls. Culture vultures. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TALKING. Alie battles traffic to sit down with linguistics professor Dr. Nicole Holliday about intonational phonology: how tones and pitch help us bond with others and construct identities.

The Agenda - The Indian Act: What to do with it

Submitted by Taelor Lewis Joseph


Photo of TVO's Stevve Paikin, host of The Agenda
Created more than 150 years ago, the Indian Act has structured relations between the federal government and Indigenous people for generations. And in the eyes of many, its purpose was and still is, to assimilate, control, and even destroy the people and communities that come under its jurisdiction. In 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to scrap it. That hasn't happened. The Agenda discusses what should be done about the archaic legislation.

Nuit Blanche 

Submitted by Dr. Matt Jones

A glowing tent at night
Led by inaugural Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam, Nuit Blanche’s curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, invites artists to transform the city by creatively sharing stories about their connection to place while bridging cultures and connecting with communities and the environment. Many indigenous artists are represented in this year's exhibits. For a full list, visit the Arts Projects page.

Land of None

  • Medium: Photography Installation
  • Project Type: Major Institutions
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

Land of None | Land of Us is an exhibition of contemporary circumpolar photography exterior Metro Hall.


Awakenings: The TRUTH

  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Major Institutions
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

Mounted on a 55-foot flatbed truck, this travelling installation visits various communities throughout the GTA.


Indigenous Cinema: National Film Board of Canada

Submitted by Cherie Bova


NFB logo
Explore the holdings of the National Film Board of Canada for works that address residential school history and survivor personal accounts and experience.

Support Indigenous Businesses

Submitted by Taelor Lewis Joseph


Shop First Nattions
Discover and support local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses featuring a wide range of products and services.

Fashion Zone: Assinewe Jewelry

Submitted by Taelor Lewis Joseph


White and pink flower-shaped earrings
Edie and Jacquelyn Assinewe are twin sisters who were born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. Both are full-time students studying business and fashion. They are bringing their passion to life with the creation of Assinewe Jewelry!

My Sister's Rage (Tarragon Theatre)

Submitted by Edith Nataprawira


Illustration of a crow with a wolf's head

When their Matriarch ends up in a coma, a ma’iingan-wolf clan family gathers together to work through their collective grief and begin to heal from an incident in the past. While the Aunties camp out in the hospital room, the younger cousins spend their time at the Grandmother’s house by the backyard firepit; all while being circled by a cackling crow jokester.

As the veil between the ancestral plane and the earthly realm gets thinner, tensions and emotions are high and vulnerabilities are exposed, revealing the true strength and resilience of the ma’iingan kwe.

Yolanda Bonnell’s My Sister’s Rage is a story about the nuances of holding trauma and joy at the same time and how laughter is medicine.

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