Orange Shirt Day (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)

This collection of resources can be used to support Orange Shirt Day in your classroom and school. 

Be sure to also look at our Reconciliation Collection  and Indigenous Perspectives for more resources. 

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Be a ConnectR
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ConnectR is an online tool created to inspire Reconciliation in Canada.
ConnectR helps you choose your next steps towards reconciliation.
Find calls to action to grow what you know, encourage a shared future and generate change.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Reconciliation Saskatoon
Date Added:
09/23/2021
Calls to Action - Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
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In 2008, a group called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was made. Their job was to listen
to stories about residential schools and then write the stories down so we can learn from our mistakes.
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission announced their 94 Calls to Action. These are 94
activities all governments, courts, businesses, schools, and people living in Canada can do to help fix the
mistakes of the past and present so that all children – including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children –
can grow up happy, healthy, safe, and proud of who they are.

This booklet is written by Spirit Bear as a youth-guide to the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. Each of the calls is outlined in student-friendly language that will give them a deeper understanding of Truth and Reconciliation process.

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Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Author:
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Date Added:
09/27/2022
Drafting a Statement of Reconciliation with Students - NFB Blog
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Four mini-lessons have been created to address this topic. Highlighting Indigenous-made films from the NFB collection, the lessons will help students understand the spirit and intent of the treaties and provide them with the information they need to discuss the issues of access to drinking water, health care and education. In a spirit of reconciliation and co-operation, students are encouraged to write, record and share their Land Acknowledgement statements on social media

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Indigenous Perspectives
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Martha Gonya
Nfb Education
Date Added:
09/07/2022
Education for Reconciliation Action Toolkit (pdf) (2015)
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"This action toolkit contains a variety of resources:

*Short sample introductions to use during announcement time, at a display table or in one-on-one conversations
*A two-hour workshop to introduce your community to the campaign
*Winds of Change Series (If you have a full day or 3 sessions)"

*** All products including free downloads must be added to the shopping cart by clicking on the ‘Add to cart’ button.

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Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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Primary Source
Author:
Kairos Canada
Date Added:
09/18/2020
Every Child Matters Colouring Page
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Orange Shirt Day and what is now called 'The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is coming up on September 30. Here is a free resource for educators and parents of children learning and participating in Orange Shirt Day. A coloring page can be a simple tool to engage children and gives them an additional way to show their support as they learn about why orange shirt day is so important.
Coloring has been proven to have the ability to help relieve stress, generate mindfulness, engage active listening and help with the processing of emotions. And don't forget, coloring isn't just for kids!

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Visual Arts
Education
Elementary Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Aboriginal Languages
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Emotional Wellness
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Activity/Lab
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Hawlii Pichette
Urban Iskwew
Date Added:
08/22/2022
Every Child Matters: Reconciliation through education
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Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.

Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.

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English Language Arts
Social Studies
History
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Canada's History
Monique Grey-Smith
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Date Added:
09/02/2022
First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book
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This colouring book represents the collective efforts of 19 Indigenous artists,
and celebrates a diversity of health and wellness perspectives.

Colouring is an activity that can increase mindfulness and decrease stress, and
can help you find balance in challenging times.

Subject:
Arts Education
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Canadian Red Cross
Date Added:
09/16/2021
HEALING THE GENERATIONS RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM - Ontario Education
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Curriculum Objectives:
- To increase awareness of the residential school system as a major part of the European colonizing effort against Aboriginal peoples, resulting in significant intergenerational impacts.
- To increase awareness and understanding of what Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Ontario) members experienced while attending the 13 residential schools in the region.
- To promote awareness in reclaiming language, culture and skills that were lost as a result of residential schools.
- To promote individual healing in the context of rebuilding links with families, communities and Elders.

Complete lessons (2013, 2002) based on Ontario Curriculum.
Grades 9-12.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Interview with Francine Merasty
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This is an interview with First Nations lawyer and poet Francine Merasty. The interview is in three parts with each part focusing one one of her poems.
Part 1 Homebound-Residential Schools
Part 2 Fiery Woman-60's Scoop
Part 3 Reconciliation- TRC Calls To Action

Subject:
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Law
Psychology
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/26/2021
An Interview with Francine Merasty-Homebound Part I
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Homebound-A Reading and Conversation with Cree poet Francine Merasty on the healing power of poetry. With grace and wit, Francine discusses how has helped her deal with the trauma of residential schools and celebrate the strength of her family.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Creative Writing
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/20/2021
Molly of the Denali: Grandpa's Drum
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Molly finds an old photo of Grandpa as a child and is shocked to see him singing and drumming—Grandpa never sings. Molly learns about Grandpa’s time in a residential school (or a boarding school, as it’s referred to in the episode).

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Treaty Education
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
CBC Gem
Date Added:
02/03/2022
National Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022
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NFB Education is proud to partner with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to help teachers educate students about Indigenous realities during National Truth and Reconciliation Week, as well as throughout the year.

This year, the theme of National Truth and Reconciliation Week is “Remembering the Children,” where we memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors and their families. The expanded program features age-appropriate material for students in Grades 1–12.

All sessions will be held virtually on Hubilo. Registration is required to stream live or pre-recorded sessions and to participate in the Q&A segment. The link for registration is provided on this page.

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Indigenous Perspectives
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson
Module
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Kate Ruscito
National Film Board
NFB
NFB Education
Date Added:
09/27/2022
Orange Shirt Day Gr. 5 to 7 - Building Bridges - by building understanding through current events
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Level 1 - Grade 5-7

Learning Outcomes: • I can articulate the purpose of Orange Shirt Day, and how symbols and testimony work to encourage social change. • I can articulate the history of residential schools in Canada and the ongoing intergenerational impact on Indigenous communities.

Essential Questions: • What does Orange Shirt Day symbolize? • What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? • What is the work of reconciliation, and what does it mean to you?

Subject:
Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
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Unit of Study
Author:
Orange Shirt Day
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Orange Shirt Day Gr. 8 to 10 - Building Bridges - by building understanding through current events
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Learning Outcomes: • I can articulate the purpose of Orange Shirt Day, and how symbols and testimony work to encourage social change. • I can articulate the history of residential schools in Canada and the ongoing inter-generational impact on Indigenous communities.

Essential Questions: • What does Orange Shirt Day symbolize? • What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? • What is the work of reconciliation, and what does it mean to you?

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Orange Shirt Day
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Orange Shirt Day Playlist from The National Film Board
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5 Films...

"Orange Shirt Day was launched in 2013 to call attention to 165 years of residential school experiences (1831-1996). For residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad, the severing of the threads connecting her to family, community, and culture began in 1973, when the beautiful orange shirt she wore to her first day of school was stripped from her and never seen again. The removal of the orange shirt was the first of a series of destructive methods enforced to deplete her sense of self-worth, erase her culture, and suppress her spirit. Her story is just one of the experiences described by countless survivors, but many others did not live to tell their own story. Intergenerational experiences rooted in the trauma inflicted through residential schools and other forced-assimilation policies continue to ripple through communities today...."

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Film Board
NFB
Date Added:
09/22/2020
Orange Shirt Day Primary Pack
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Orange Shirt Day activities for K-Grade 3This activity pack is ready to use in any primary classroom and ideal to use with children from Grade 1 up to Grade 3 to support important conversations around Orange Shirt Day. It includes a PowerPoint, fact files, art activities and more! 

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Liz Zdunich
Date Added:
09/06/2022