The federal government has proclaimed September 30th as a new federal holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. For Arts Umbrella, this is an opportunity to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. Arts Umbrella believes as educators, we have a responsibility to share with our students the importance of this day.

Instead of closing our doors on September 30th, we will be offering special presentations and activities to students who are enrolled in class that day. Activities and talks will be age appropriate and led by Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers.

For those that can’t make the in-person presentations, there is a Livestream option. Just choose 1 under Quantity and we will send you the link prior to Thursday.

We have also created a custom T-shirt to honour the day. Our Designer, Cameron Wilson, worked with nonfiction design (owned by Alexis Seto’s husband, Anthony Seto) to create a custom T-Shirt for the day. All of the net proceeds from the shirt sales will be donated to the Urban Native Youth Association’s Overly Creative Minds drop-in program, which offers Indigenous youth ages 11-24 a safe and welcoming space to explore various visual and performing arts.

10:30AM – Pam Baker, an Indigenous Fashion and Jewelry Designer

1:00PM – A lecture with Dana Claxton: What is Indigenous Art & What is it Doing?

4:15PM – Book reading and discussion with Indigenous Author, Dallas Hunt

5:15PM – A presentation by James Harry: Understanding Coast Salish Art Forms

6:30PM – A lecture with Dana Claxton: What is Indigenous Art & What is it Doing?



Every Child Matters T-Shirt