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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

York University has a long-standing commitment to access, inclusion, equity and diversity; it is a leader in creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community on all its campuses. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important day to remind us to pause and reflect on the intergenerational harm that the Residential School systems caused to Indigenous Peoples across the country. It is a time to reflect on the strength and resiliency of Indigenous peoples. Importantly, it is a time for recognizing our shared responsibilities for creating new and better relationships with Indigenous people.

This site provides details about the many ways the university is marking the day. Here we will amplify events and provide resources for the community to consider in taking time to learn and reflect.

We encourage all community members to take a minute of silence on September 30th to reflect on what steps they will take towards reconciliation.

Download the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Zoom Backgrounds here


University events

LIVE STREAM: Reclaiming and Rewriting Indigenous Histories of the Western Hemisphere (the Americas)

September 29, 2022, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

LIVE STREAM: Reflecting on the Legacies of Residential Schools: What it means for our present and our futures 

September 30, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm


  • Decolonizing the Academy Course offered by York’s Teaching Commons
  • Take a course at York University – there are many that have an Indigenous focus (search “Indigenous” in the subject here) and read the Indigenous Framework for York University: A Guide to Action.
  • First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv): Nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ An Introduction to Understanding Indigenous Perspectives in Canada. In partnership with BMO and Reconciliation Education, FNUniv is bringing this introductory eLearning opportunity to organizations and communities across Canada. The eLearning course is a free public resource for all Canadians and is available June 1 to July 15 in recognition of National Indigenous History Month. It is an hour-long overview.
  • Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education A 6-Week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) https://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/reconciliation/
  • University of Alberta course: Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson massive open online course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous Peoples today from a historical and critical perspective, highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. If you take a course in audit mode, you will be able to see most course materials for free.

York Bookstore

We invite everyone to join the journey toward education and reconciliation by buying an orange shirt. The York University Bookstore is a committed partner of the Orange Shirt Society, with proceeds from the sale of Orange shirts .  

Watch last year’s event: