Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Free Don't miss New Blood: A Story of Reconciliation | Photo: Courtesy of Arts Commons Sep. 30, 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Reflect on legacy of residential schools with these free Calgary events Haider Ali Location Various Venues Price Free Friday, September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, coinciding with Orange Shirt Day across Canada. This annual federal holiday was proclaimed last year by the Government of Canada to honour the children who never returned home and the survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. It is one of many opportunities to reflect on our journey and understanding of Truth and Reconciliation. The day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots initiative intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters.” There are a number of free events across Calgary to commemorate the day — our roundup features everything from the annual Orange Shirt Day Walk to film screenings to live music. Truth and Reconciliation Art Installation Until September 30, 2022 Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Road SE) Free to explore Southcentre Mall and Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society present a special art installation that showcases a variety of works from eight local Indigenous artists in Southcentre’s Centre Court. southcentremall.com Trellis’ Orange Shirt Day Celebrations September 29 & 30, 2022 Stream online Free to participate, registration required Trellis invites you to join them virtually for two programs: a workshop that helps you learn through traditional rock painting and a rich cultural experience on the importance of language reclamation. growwithtrellis.ca Remembering Our Children September 30, 2022, 9:30am – 2:30pm Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW) Free to participate, registration required The fourth annual Pokaiks Commemorative Walk & IndigiTRAILS — Remembering Our Children event (aka Orange Shirt Day Walk) invites Calgarians to honour and stand in solidarity with survivors and victims of the residential school system. cifrs.ca Orange Shirt Day September 30, 2022, 10am In-person at Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) or stream online at calgary.ca Free to watch or attend Join The City of Calgary to commemorate Indian residential school victims, honour survivors and their families and commit to acting on reconciliation. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear orange in remembrance. calgary.ca Orange Shirt Day September 30, 2022, 10am – 5pm Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) Free to attend Join Fort Calgary in reflecting on Fort Calgary’s colonial history and check out Our Stories Our Voices Our Ways, a thought-provoking exhibit presented in partnership with the Lodgepole Center at AUArts. twitter.com Speak Up! September 30, 2022, 10am – 5pm Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St SE) Free to explore The public can visit Studio Bell’s newly updated Speak Up! exhibition to explore different Indigenous perspectives and learn about Indigenous culture and experiences through the lens of music. studiobell.ca Panel Discussion September 30, 2022, 12 noon Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Ct. NW) Free to attend, registration required Join UCalgary and the Calgary Public Library for a panel discussion with Cora Voyageur, Lee Crowchild and Kathleen Mahoney revisiting the Truth and Reconciliation report in light of the unmarked graves, the papal visit. ucalgary.ca 2nd Memorial Gathering Honouring Our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters September 30, 2022, 1 – 8pm Bob Bahan Athletic Field (4812 14th Ave. SE) Free to attend Everyone is welcome at this Indigenous grassroots resident-led community initiative. The gathering has vendors showcasing Indigenous arts and crafts, a pow-wow, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a comedy show. twitter.com Reconnection, Reconciliation and Resilience September 30, 2022, 2 – 4pm Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 15th Ave. SW) Free to attend This event discusses the effects of residential schools and their legacy and includes a ceremony with an Elder, a drumming performance from The Stardale Girls Drumming Group and a screening of the film The Road created by Stardale Women’s Group. facebook.com Night Raiders September 30, 2022, 6:30 – 9pm Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE) Free to attend, registration required Join the Calgary Public Library and UCalgary for a free viewing of Night Raiders with special remarks from Calgary Public Library’s CEO Sarah Meilleur and UCalgary’s Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) Dr. Michael Hart. ucalgary.ca New Blood: A Story of Reconciliation September 30, 2022, 7pm Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE) Pay what you can Featuring poetry, music, contemporary and traditional dance, the show is inspired by Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman’s life and his experience as a child in a residential school, how he reclaimed his way of life and became chief of his people. artscommons.ca Giiwewizh September 30, 2022, 7pm Eau Claire Market Cinemas (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free to watch Join Indigenous Music Summit, CIFF, BreakOut West and Alberta Music for Giiwewizh, a screening of short films as part of BreakOut West’s programming for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. twitter.com Métis Music & Conversation September 30, 2022, 7:30 – 10:30pm Lougheed House (707 13 Ave. SW) Free to attend, RSVP required Join Lougheed House for an evening filled with Métis music and conversation. They are joined by Métis musicians Richard Piche and Billy Joseph, who will serenade everyone with their songs and melodies. eventbrite.ca Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at email@example.com or fill out this form.