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Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Resources and Events: October Edition

Ukrainian Diaspora Resources:

Zoomeet with Olena Burgac. Ukrainian Diaspora in Kusadasi Conversation in Ukrainian https://krasun.ca/2021/10/09/%d0%b7%d1%83%d0%bc%d1%96%d1%82%d0%ba%d0%b0%d0%bc%d0%bb%d1%83%d0%bf%d1%81-%d0%ba%d1%83%d1%88%d0%b0%d0%b4%d0%b0%d1%81%d0%b8-%d1%80%d0%be%d0%b7%d0%bc%d0%be%d0%b2%d0%b0-%d0%b7-%d0%be%d0%bb%d0%b5%d0%bd/

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx4naSh-LI

Ukrainian Diaspora Studies Events: October

Wednesday October 13 9:00a.m. PT

Join the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada / Посольство України в Канаді , and the the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine

Embassy of Canada to Ukraine for a webinar of the book

“The Torture Camp on Paradise Street” by Stanislav Aseyev, featuring Maria Tomak , coordinator of Media Initiative for Human Rights.

When? October 13, 2021

Time? 12:00 EDT; 19:00 (Kyiv time)

Register HERE 👉https://buff.ly/3AlTBV7


A native of Donetsk, Stanislav Aseyev was a journalist working for Radio Free Europe. He was captured in and imprisoned by the Russian occupation forces in Donetsk in 2017. Until his capture, his reporting – written under a pseudonym – were an important source of information about Russian-occupied Donetsk. Spending almost 1000 days imprisoned, Aseyev was routinely and brutally tortured by his captors. He was released in December 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange. The Torture Camp on Paradise Street is a memoir of his imprisonment in the prison system run by Russian occupation forces.

An excerpt of The Torture Camp on Paradise Street was recently published by the Los Angeles Review of Books. To reach the excerpt link this link: https://buff.ly/3FqNvXm


Online Lecture & Live Concert by Ukrainian Veteran Folk Vocal Ensemble “Oberig”

Title of the lecture: ” Defender of Ukraine Day”

* You will learn about:
· Prehistory and little-known facts of the Ukrainian Cossacks
· From insurgents to cyborgs
· Cossacks concept of “will”
· Insurgent and traditional Ukrainian songs

* Speaker: Nina Begas-Koval
Historian: Oleksandr Koval
Music: Ukrainian Folk Vocal Ensemble “Oberih”
Donetsk National University im. Vasiliy Stus

* When: Wednesday, October 13 at 11 am- 12:30 pm (6:00pm Ukrainian time)
* To RSVP & inquire details please email: People.of.Ukraine@verizon.net
* Organized by People of Ukraine Foundation
* Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86494240796…

* About the ensemble:
The purpose of the ensemble is to preserve and promote the musical heritage of the Ukrainian people transformed into original, unusual, creative compositions. The ensemble performs
Ukrainian folk, insurgent, and modern songs in their own arrangements a cappella, sometimes accompanied by ethnic and classical musical instruments.

The ensemble performed in Gala concerts at famous art festivals, gained 10 grand prix victories, 30 first place medals, and over 300 appreciation and acknowledgement certificates from various university, charity, regional, local, all-Ukrainian and international events.

The ensemble members are: Nina Begas-Koval (director, author of Ukrainian song instrumentation, 1st voice), Olena Stepova (2nd voice), Hanna Stepova (3rd voice), Maksym Lebidkin (4th voice). Musical arrangement: Pavlo Vuyko (guitar), Danylo Yurchyshyn (beatbox), Denis Gumenyuk (rap).

WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2021 FROM 09:00-10:15 PDT

The Frontline: A Conversation on Ukraine’s Past and Present

Seminar in Ukrainian Studies | Book Talk

Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University

with Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, HURI

Register for Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_yPY2ILcnT2iOU2Nfiw7xjQ
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MWsX0G3lZlQ

About the Book
The Frontline presents a selection of essays drawn together for the first time to form a companion volume to Plokhy’s The Gates of Europe and Chernobyl. Here he expands upon his analysis in earlier works of key events in Ukrainian history, including Ukraine’s complex relations with Russia and the West, the burden of tragedies such as the Holodomor and World War II, the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and Ukraine’s contribution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Juxtaposing Ukraine’s history to the contemporary politics of memory, this volume provides a multidimensional image of a country that continues to make headlines around the world. Eloquent in style and comprehensive in approach, the essays collected here reveal the roots of the ongoing political, cultural, and military conflict in Ukraine, the largest country in Europe.

About the Speaker
Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute. His interests include the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Ukraine. He is the author of, among others, The Frontline: Essays on Ukraine’s Past and Present (HURI, 2021); Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis (W. W. Norton, 2021); Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: American Airmen behind the Soviet Lines and the Collapse of the Grand Alliance (Oxford University Press, 2019); Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Basic Books, 2018); and The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (Basic Books, 2015). His books have won numerous awards, including the Ballie Gifford Prize and the Shevchenko National Prize (2018).

In conversation with Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

More information: https://huri.harvard.edu/event/2021-plokhii

Saturday October 16: Ukrainian Wedding Food 8:00 a.m. PT Free Event

Part of Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine Course Part 2. 2021-2022 Free Community Learning Courses Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuigrzotE93SIeUEtKUMZWROj_j1ZbPv More information about Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Studies: https://krasun.ca/ukrainiandiasporastudies/

Saturday October 16 and October 23 Ukrainians in Canada 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. PT Part of the Third Age Learning at Kwantlen (TALK) https://www.amilia.com/store/en/kpu/shop/activities/3334678

Location: ZOOM (Online Webinar) Required Age 50+ on the day of the activity Price: $20.00 Taxes waived


Over the past 130 years, there have been at least four waves of immigration from Ukraine to Canada. This two-session course will describe these waves of Ukrainian immigration and the socio-economic and socio-cultural integration of the immigrants. It will also delve into Ukrainian-Canadian folklore including literature and language across waves of immigration. Among many other things, you may learn a Ukrainian folk song or how to swear in Ukrainian!

Dr. Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. He received his Bachelor of Social Work in 2003 and his Master of Education in 2004 from the Lviv National Polytechnic University. He completed his Master of Social Work degree in 2008 and his Ph.D. in 2016 at the University of Manitoba. Sasha created a Glider Model for an effective learning environment in social work distance education. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University.

GUEST PRESENTER:      Oleksandr Kondrashov   FACILITATOR:   Patricia Warshawski, 604 542 7171, pwarshawski@shaw.ca

Wednesday October 20: otâkosîhk mîna anohc: вчора і сьогодні: Yesterday and Today On These Lands 4:00 p.m. PT Free Event

Public · Event · by Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre – MacEwan University

This discussion is the second event in our three-part discussion series “askîy / земля / the land”–an exploration of Indigenous and Ukrainian relationships to land in the past, present, and future.

This discussion will feature Chelsea Vowel and Myrna Kostash and be moderated by Lindy Ledohowski. Chelsea Vowel will speak about what social and legislative forces impacted Indigenous peoples and Ukrainian settlers within a prairie-specific context, and how these forces influenced land-based practices and relationships. How does this colonial history continue to influence relationships to land today?

Myrna Kostash will speak about what she learned from re-examining her grandparents’ lives in the course of writing her forthcoming book, Ghosts in a Photograph: A Memoir. Her forebears were part of the first wave of immigration from Galicia in the early 1900s and had varying experiences as settlers in Alberta. More than a century later, Kostash brings her own perspective as a writer and granddaughter.

Register for the Zoom Webinar at the link below: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JfXrZc7hRNWQDzXQQsVFfQ

Thank You Larisa Hayduk for sharing the event

Saturday October 23 Ukrainians in Latvia by Andrei Zavialov at 8:00 a.m. PT and Authentic Ukrainian Cuisine of Transcarpatia Region by Ivan Stryapko at 9:00 a.m. PT Free Event

Part of Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine Course Part 2. 2021-2022 Free Community Learning Courses Zoom Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuigrzotE93SIeUEtKUMZWROj_j1ZbPv More information about Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Studies: https://krasun.ca/ukrainiandiasporastudies/

SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2021 AT 08:30 PDT “U311 Cherkasy” Film Screening

Online event

Dear All,
The Embassy of Ukraine in Canada and the Ukrainian Language Education Centre at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta) are cordially inviting you to the screening of the film “U311 Cherkasy.” The event is dedicated to the Defender of Ukraine Day, which the country celebrates on October 14th.

U311 Cherkasy is a Ukrainian feature film directed by Timur Yashchenko about the defense of the naval minesweeper during the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014.

During the mass public protests in 2013-2014, also known as the Revolution of Dignity or Euromaidan, the crew of the “Cherkasy” participates in the military training in the Black See and learns that President Yanukovych flees Ukraine and Crimea is being seized by so called “little green men.” The occupation of the Crimean peninsula begins. The ship returns to base, but the port is already lost. Cherkasy, along with the other ships in the Ukrainian fleet, is trapped within Lake Donuzlav when the road to the sea is blocked by sunken ships.

Ukrainian ships surrender one after the other. Only the crew of Cherkasy chooses to resist.

Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDQtLK4gmkk

WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Film screening: 9:30 am (Edmonton), 11:30 am (Ottawa)

Q & A with the film director: 11:10 am (Edmonton), 1:10 pm (Ottawa)

WHERE: via Zoom

To receive a Zoom link to the event, please register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_CXP7TsIMT2uIE5NutDolZg

Please feel free to share it with anyone who might be interested in attending the event.

Thank you Angie Hesje for sharing information about the event


Annual Toby & Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture 2021: Ukrainian Nationalists and the Holocaust

Annual Toby & Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture: “Ukrainian Nationalists & the Holocaust”
with Dr. John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alberta

Presented by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Part of Jewish Studies Week Fall 2021

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
4:00 pm MDT

Live via ZOOM

REGISTER HERE: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_Ro-WexFERByTa2EDC3jJIg

Dr. John-Paul Himka is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alberta. He is co-editor (with Joanna B. Michlic) of Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe (University of Nebraska Press 2013), as well as author of a number of books and numerous articles on Ukrainian history.



Paid Virtual Event $15 USD (approximately $20 CDN).

View this exclusive Canadian Film Première between October 14th – 24th, 2021 then join the discussion with film Director Matej Silecky of Kitsune Tale Productions (US) via Zoom on October 24, 2021 from 5-6 pm ET.

Baba Babee Skazala is a 69-minute film that tells the little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. The film is the culmination of over 30 oral history interviews uncovering the experiences of these survivors. It includes previously unseen archival materials from the National Film Archives in Ukraine as well as materials from the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Collection. Professor Alexander Motyl, Rutgers University, NJ, a renowned expert in this field, provides historical background for the film. Compare your own family’s experience with these stories.

Thank you Angie Hesje for sharing information about the event

Future Events

Sunday, November 21, 2021


1:00 p.m PT



Are you ready to make a quintessential Ukrainian favourite? Back by popular demand, Chef Mykola Rutkay leads participants step-by-step through the making of Ukrainian holubtsi (cabbage rolls) with a traditional mushroom sauce. Vegetarian option demonstrated. He shares some innovative tips and modern options. Mykola has a deep culinary pedigree with a grandmother and mother who are truly gifted cooks. They’ll chime in with their take on more traditional methods and family stories. Eat them now or store them in your freezer until Christmas.

More information: https://www.stvladimir.ca/calendar/2021/11/21/culinary-series-my-babas-holubtsi-amp-mushroom-sauce

Thank you Angie Hesje for sharing information about the event

МІОК започатковує проєкт «Східний світ діаспори: спільномова» – нову комунікаційну платформу для діалогу між українцями східної діаспори 🌍та Україною 🇺🇦 Більше інформації:

Дякую Андрій Завялов за посилання

5:00 vechora

300 p.m. po Buenos Airos link 11 Zhovtnya

9 DEC AT 06:00 – 10 DEC AT 14:00 PST

Online conference, 9-10 December 2021: “Narrating the Holodomor”

Online conference, 9-10 December 2021:
“Narrating the Holodomor: The Social and Cultural History of Collectivization and Famine in Soviet Ukraine”

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a CV
to Dr. Oksana Vynnyk <vynnyk@ualberta.ca> and <hrec@ualberta.ca> by 11 June 2021.

“And how I remember the many corpses found everywhere because it was spring: in the forest and in the fields, on the streets, people had just collapsed from hunger, and they died. […] I remember once I was grazing the cow, and in a field by the forest, a boy, Sirozha, died. We shepherds dug a pit in the meadow, gathered grass and tall grasses, laid the body in the pit, and covered it with grass and buried it. There wasn’t even anyone to bury the corpses.”

Bilash [first name unknown] was one of thousands of Holodomor survivors who in 1989 responded to a call from journalist Volodymyr Maniak to provide accounts of the famine of 1932-33. The new Soviet policy of “openness” had meant that victims and their families were able to tell their stories after fifty years of near total silence. Several years later, the dissolution of the Soviet Union allowed for access to previously restricted archives, making possible discovery and publication of documents and research based on these sources. This “archival revolution” also opened new opportunities for assessment and public discussion of the legacy of Stalinism.

Although many scholarly works on collectivization and the Famine have been published over the last three decades, the social and cultural history of the Holodomor remains understudied. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for examining practices of state violence and policies in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and to promote exploration of little-researched topics in social and cultural history. We especially encourage the examination and integration of ego-documents produced by victims, witnesses, and perpetrators. We seek to recover the voices of those who lived through the events, integrating their personal experiences into micro-level histories. Thus, we encourage comprehensive engagement with survivor memoirs and testimonies and thus are looking for papers that incorporate and analyze both official government sources and ego-documents.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the analysis of

–the categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander and their relevance in the context of the Holodomor;
–issues in producing, gathering, and analyzing testimonies and memoirs;
–everyday experiences and practices in rural and urban areas during and in the aftermath of collectivization and the Famine, including gendered experience, the spectrum of violence, resistance, survival strategies, mobility patterns, and changes in social and cultural norms;
–second-generation Holodomor representations.

Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Zoomeet: Kamloops-Kusadasi. Conversation with Olena Burgac. / Зуміт:Камлупс-Кушадаси. Розмова з Оленою Бургач

Зуміт:Камлупс-Кушадаси. Розмова з Оленою Бургач.

Дослідження Української діаспори.

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx4naSh-LI

Олена Бургач, заступник голови Української культурної спілки Кушадаси, розповіла про унікальні проекти по підтримці Української діаспори в місті Кушадаси (Пташинний Острів) в Туреччині. Під час розмови можна дізнатися як створювалася українська громада силами Українських жінок які створили спілку для підтримки один одного, для зберігання Української мови, традицій, культури.

За ініціативою “Українська культурна спілка Кушадаси” та ГО “Спілка “Відкритий Світ” була започаткована співпраця коледжу імені Наджі Акдоган та Черкаської Гімназії №9, був підписаний договір побратимства між навчальними закладами. Ця подія не тільки вплинула на зміцнення взаємовідносин між обома школами але і підписання договору про міста побаратими Черкаси-Кушадаси. Разом з КЗ “Черкаський НРЦ “Країна добра Черкаської обласної ради” спілка організувала обмін танцювальними гуртками і коли Турецькі партнери приїхали в Черкаси на фестиваль, родзинкою зустрічі стали імпровізовані майстер-класи з народних танців Туреччини та України.

Олена розповіла що можливості співпраці і допомога Посольства України в Туреччині сприяли створенню багатьох проектів. На даний момент налагоджується співпраця між Ужгородом і Кушадаси. Українська культурна спілка Кушадаси такж проводить тематичні заходи до Дня пам’яті жертв Голодомору, Шевченкові вечори, які відвідують турецька інтелігенція, журналісти та молодь.

Спілка також попуяризує українську кухню і вже видала першу збірку українських рецептів турецькою мовою.

Буду з нетерпінням чекати новин про чудові проекти спілки, а якщо відвідаю Кушадаси то запишу наступне інтервю з Оленою про життя Української діаспори в «Пташиному гнізді» Туреччині. Дякую Олені Бургач за практичні поради як організувати діаспору і налагоджувати партнерство між Україною та Туреччиною.

Для всіх, хто хоче вступити в спілку адреса офісу: Cumhuriet Mah., Rıfat arın sokak, Yazıcı oficce, kat:2, No:9, Kuşadası. Фейсбук сторінка https://www.facebook.com/ukraynakusadasi/  Телефон спілки: +9054 147 126 40

Zoomeet: Kamloops-Kusadasi. Conversation with Olena Burgac.

Ukrainian Diaspora Studies.

Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx4naSh-LI

Olena Burgac, vice-chair of the Ukrainian Cultural Association of Kusadasi, shared during the conversation about unique projects to support the Ukrainian Diaspora in the city of Kusadasi (Bird’s Island) in Turkey. During the conversation, I learned how the Ukrainian community was created in Kusadasi by Ukrainian women to support each other and preserve the Ukrainian language, traditions and culture.

At the initiative of the Ukrainian Cultural Association of Kusadasi and the Open World Union, cooperation was established between Naji Akdogan College and Cherkasy Gymnasium №9, and a twinning agreement was signed between educational institutions. Together with Cherkasy NGO “Krajina Dobra”  of Cherkasy the partnership was created via cultural exchange. When Turkish partners came to Cherkasy for the festival, the highlight of the meeting was improvised master classes in folk dances of Ukraine and Turkey.

Olena said that the opportunities for cooperation and assistance from the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey have contributed to the creation of many projects. At the moment, cooperation is being established between Uzhhorod and Kusadasi. The Ukrainian Cultural Association of Kusadasi also hosts themed events dedicated to the Holodomor Remembrance Day, Shevchenko evenings attended by Turkish intellectuals, journalists and youth.

The union also promotes Ukrainian cuisine and has already published the first collection of Ukrainian recipes in Turkish.

I will look forward to news about the wonderful projects of the association, and when I visit Kusadasi I will record the following interview with Olena about the life of the Ukrainian diaspora in the “Bird’s Island” in Turkey. I thank Olena Burgac for practical advice on organizing the diaspora and establishing a partnership between Ukraine and Turkey.

For all who want to join the association their office address: Cumhuriet Mah., Rıfat arın sokak, Yazıcı oficce, kat: 2, No: 9, Kuşadası. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ukraynakusadasi/ Phone number of the union: +9054 147 126 40

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Events and Educational Resources 

Thank you to all who shared the events and educational resources on National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. I will keep adding more resources to share with my students, so please feel free to e-mail okondrashov@tru.ca to add new events and educational resources

With respect


In June, the federal government announced the creation of a new statutory holiday the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to be recognized on September 30 each year. This day fulfills the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call-to-Action #80 and will serve as a day of remembrance,  reflection, action and learning. Since 2013, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize the tragic history and long-standing effects of residential schools.  

Truth and Reconciliation Call-to-Action #80: We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.   

Here are some ideas and resources to work into your planning for Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:  

  • The NFB has put together a selection of films by Indigenous filmmakers and allies on the devastating impact—and ongoing legacy—of residential schools in Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/channels/residential-schools/
  • Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html
  • Tk’emlúps Nation extends invitation to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Nation has shared video teaching people how to sing and drum its honour song  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/tk-emlups-sharing-song-1.6180478
  • Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work and The University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work would like to invite you to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event: Intentional Reconciliation and Practices of Care : Our Responsibility of Reconciliation in Social Work . The event will be held virtually on September 30th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST. This educational discussion explores the critical role that social workers play in furthering and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous communities on Turtle Island and beyond. This event will provide social work students with an opportunity to recognize their important role in reconciliation and to discuss the specific responsibilities that social work, as a practice of care, has in the ongoing process of reconciliation and decolonization.   Please register in advance for this event: https://utoronto.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrfu2gqDMsHNWGZ7k2slYvUBD_n2-C1PBW   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Schedule for Truth and Reconciliation Week (General Public) Link: https://nctr.ca/education/trw/general-public-schedule/  
  • Truth and Reconciliation Week Schedule for Educators Link: https://nctr.ca/education/trw/educator-schedule/  
  • Unreconciled: Family, Truth & Resistance Native Studies Colloquium Come join our weekly UMNATV colloquium panel discussing and visiting with some of the best speakers, leaders, and researchers in Indigenous Studies on Turtle Island!  Unreconciled: Family, Truth & Resistance with Jesse Wente (Chair, Canada Council for the Arts) September 29, 2021 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CT Zoom Meeting ID: 778 206 0917 Passcode: 451456 Watch on ZOOM or online on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UofMNativeStudiesDept For more information contact UMNATV Colloquium coordinator Niigaan Sinclair at niigaan.sinclair@umanitoba.ca 
  • Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day is held annually in honour of Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school in Williams Lake, B.C. The Nursing Students’ Association and College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will hold a virtual ceremony to mark Orange Shirt Day this year, in place of the annual walk from the Helen Glass Centre of Nursing to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Zoom meeting ID: 828 5988 4094 | Passcode: 986629  Link: https://eventscalendar.umanitoba.ca/site/healthsciences/event/orange-shirt-day–every-child-matters/  
  • Prime-time broadcast for the National Day For Truth and Reconciliation   The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation announces new prime-time broadcast special to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Produced by NCTR in collaboration with Insight Productions, “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” will broadcast nationally September 30 on APTN and CBC/Radio-Canada Link: https://nctr.ca/new-prime-time-broadcast-special-to-mark-the-first-national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation/  

Organizations related to Indian Residential School Survivorship and Learning

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations. The NCTR was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The TRC was charged to listen to Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system and educate Canadians about their experiences. The resulting collection of statements, documents and other materials now forms the sacred heart of the NCTR.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  As the spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year-old girl.

Indian Residential School Survivor Society

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization in British Columbia with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors. The IRSSS began in 1994 as a working committee of the First Nations Summit. They were known as the Residential School Project, housed out of and as a part of the BC First Nations Summit. Their work was primarily to assist Survivors with the litigation process pertaining to Residential School abuses. In more recent years their work has expanded to include assisting the descendants of Survivors and implementing Community education measures (Indigenous & non-Indigenous).

Legacy of Hope Foundation

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System and subsequent Sixties Scoop on Indigenous Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation Canada is an Indigenous-led organization that began in September 2012 with a bold vision to promote reconciliation by engaging Canadians in dialogue that revitalizes the relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians to build vibrant, resilient, and sustainable communities. A vision based on a dream held by Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador, to witness tens of thousands of people of every culture and faith walking together for a shared tomorrow.

Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence Campaign

Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource. As a site of conscience, the final goal is to create a fully realized Interpretive Centre that will be the definitive destination for information about the history of Residential Schools in Canada, the experiences of Survivors of the schools, and the impact that the Residential School system has had on our communities.

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Additional Videos and Documentaries

Warning: Viewer discretion is advised. These videos and documentaries are not suitable for children under 14 years of age. For those of you working from home, we recommend wearing headphones and viewing in a private location within your home without the presence of children under the age of 14 years old.


Additional Resources& Supports – National Day forTruth and Reconciliation 2021″document from the Universityof Waterloo https://uwaterloo.ca/human-rights-equity-inclusion/sites/ca.human-rights-equity-inclusion/files/uploads/files/post-event_resource_support_list.pdf


Be heard. On behalf of the children.

Join Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc virtually on September 30 – at 2:15 pm.  Pacific Time

‘Honor Song,’ Yo-Yo Ma and Jeremy Dutcher

When Jeremy Dutcher released “Honor Song” in 2017, it was a revelation. A gorgeous reimagining of a traditional Mi’kmaq honour song, the track fused Dutcher’s operatic tenor with strings, piano, hand drum and electronics for a stirring and contemporary work. This year Dutcher has returned to the song, this time with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a collaboration that the Tobique First Nation artist says changed his life. “I’m so grateful to [Yo-Yo Ma] for sharing his platform and allowing so many more people to hear our songs and languages! Music brings the whole world together like nothing else,” he said via Instagram. Ma’s cello brings a new weight to the piece, and it’s as if the two artists — cello and voice at the fore — were always meant to stand together. — Holly Gordon

CBC Music | Sep. 22, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation should be a solemn day to reflect, says author

‘It needs to be considered in the same vein as Remembrance Day,’ says Michelle Good

Lenard Monkman · CBC News · Posted: Sep 22, 2021


‘If you think I’m a troublemaker, just wait’: Jesse Wente on family, truth, and Indigenous resistance

Politicians have been talking about reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples for years — and for two decades, Jesse Wente has been talking about how difficult that will be. The Anishinaabe broadcaster and arts leader talks about the multi-generational impact of residential schools on his own family, the resistance and activism he sees in today’s Indigenous youth, and his new memoir Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance.

Aired: Sep. 22, 2021 | CBC | 23:00

Co-created by Tsatsu Stalqayu, Mortal Coil and Butterflies in Spirit, Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness / listen to respected one) is a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30, 2021, presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery More information https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events/orange-shirt-day-2021

Interior Voices Season 2

Episode 10: Year in Review and What’s Coming in 2021

This week, host Vanessa Mitchell takes a look back at past episodes with special guests Kris Murray and Sheila Lewis. The team is also joined by Tracy Mooney for a look ahead to our plans for 2021.

Episode 10 Resources

Episode 7: Orange Shirt Day and Trauma-Informed Practice

This week on the Interior Voices podcast, hosts Vanessa Mitchell and Kris Murray talk with Jody Wagner, Aboriginal Mental Wellness Practice Lead. Jody shares her thoughts on Orange Shirt Day and the importance of trauma-informed practice.

Episode 7 Resources


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is 1 step on a long journey, says Murray Sinclair

Former senator and TRC head discusses how far Canada’s come on reconciliation, and how much more we have to do

CBC Radio · Posted: Sep 25, 2021

Anishinaabe woman wonders why the Bay is selling orange shirts for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Hudson’s Bay Co. says proceeds from sale of orange shirts will go to non-profit

Stephanie Cram · CBC News · Posted: Sep 25, 2021 


How Indigenous place names — and language revitalization as a whole — can teach us about where we live

North by Northwest guest host Kathryn Marlow has a conversation with Rachel Perkins and Christina Gray, two Indigenous women in B.C., about how knowing the Indigenous names for the places where we live, can teach us more about the land and how to interact with it. They also give tips for settlers on how to learn local languages.

Aired: Sep. 25, 2021 | CBC | 15:51

Island school named for racist getting new name on Truth and Reconciliation Day
Port Alberni’s former A.W. Neill School to formally receive new name Sept. 29
Elena Rardon | Sep. 24, 2021 | Nanaimo News Bulletin

NOTE:  There is a link to SD70 on details of the event, which I have copied here.

Date  Wednesday, September 29, 2021  

Time  1030 – 1130  

Location Tsuma-as Elementary School playing field  

Livestream Available on the SD70 webpage at www.sd70.bc.ca 


All Canadians should take Sept. 30 to observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day


How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on CBC

CBC · Posted: Sep 23, 2021

SENĆOŦEN for settlers: Vancouver Island First Nation puts language and culture online

WSÁNEĆ council is building internet resources to educate the non-Indigenous public

CBC News · Posted: Sep 16, 2021 4:20 PM PT | Last Updated: September 21

Settler education page offers Vancouver Island Indigenous insight

WSANEC presents territory acknowledgments, history lessons in order to help reconciliation efforts

PENINSULA NEWS STAFF | Sep. 20, 2021 | Nanaimo News Bulletin

VHF launches Indigenous Heritage webpage

VHF has compiled a diverse selection of educational resources for anyone interested in exploring the important history and heritage of Indigenous Peoples in BC. The resources highlighted include informative and interactive websites, courses, videos, Indigenous Places That Matter locations, and much more.

BC is home to 204 First Nations communities and we hope you will join us as we continue to broaden our knowledge surrounding Indigenous history, heritage and culture. To learn more, please visit our Indigenous Heritage webpage.


Maximizing the Potential of Urban Aboriginal Students: A Study of Facilitators and Inhibitors within Postsecondary Learning Environments  

Dr. Marie Battiste, Dr. Isobel M. Findlay, Dr. Joe Garcea, Jania Chilima, and Ryan Jimmy.  2016.

UAKN Prairie Regional Research Centre