City honours national day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Last updated: October 8, 2021

The City of Burnaby encourages the community to acknowledge September 30, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, by wearing an orange shirt and to honour Indigenous communities, families and Survivors.

Truth and Reconciliation Day message
To learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the City’s commitment to Reconciliation, the City has produced a video with a Truth and Reconciliation Day message, featuring the City’s Manager Indigenous Relations, Fancy C. Poitras, and members of City Council:

Also happening on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Celeigh Cardinal, 2020 Juno award winner for Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, perform live and via livestream at 8 PM, September 30, at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Tickets are available online.  

Since 2016, the City of Burnaby has been working toward Truth and Reconciliation. We are committed to working with Indigenous peoples to find new ways to build and improve relationships between non-Indigenous Canadians and Indigenous people and communities.

This year, we commemorate and honour those who never made it home and their surviving families in particular, as school sites across Canada announced the presence of unmarked graves. Our Truth and Reconciliation journey includes understanding how we can support the healing work of Survivors.

This year, the City commissioned Chrystal Sparrow, a xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Coast Salish artist, to design an “Every Child Matters” button for City employees to wear this week as a demonstration of the City’s collective commitment to Reconciliation.

For more information on City's activities and initiatives to support reconciliation, visit and view the Indigenous History in Burnaby Resource Guide.

Burnaby City Hall and Burnaby Public Library branches will be closed September 30 in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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