The Survivors’ Flag was created by NCTR to mark the first official National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

September 30th, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday to recognize and honour Indigenous survivors of Residential Schools, commemorate the children that were lost, and reflect on the legacy of trauma that continues to affect Indigenous families today.

Since 2013, September 30th has opened the door to global conversation about Residential Schools in Canada through Orange Shirt Day. This date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to Residential Schools. The movement was started by Phyllis Webstad who wrote the book “The Orange Shirt Story” and it is largely observed in schools across the country.

To observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, ITO and our allies invite Canadians to be mindful of Canada’s relations with the First Peoples of Turtle Island; to be mindful not only of the history, but of present day relationships. We invite you to be mindful not only of the ways in which the government relates to the First Peoples, but to reflect on the ways Canadians themselves think about and relate to Indigenous Peoples from coast to coast to coast. We invite you to think about how these relationships impact the world we live in, the land we share, and most importantly, the future we are creating for generations to come.

We know that on this first annual Day for Truth and Reconciliation you may be overwhelmed with information and calls to action and you may wonder where to start. We hope these suggestions help you on your way.

Do some reading on one of the following topics.
Listen to Indigenous stories.
Take action and carry the momentum forward throughout the year.
We are all on a lifelong journey of learning and experiencing the world. We hope that on this day, you take a step forward on that journey and remember that while September 30th serves as a valuable opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation, strong allyship is essential year-round. The path towards reconciliation is ongoing; we encourage everyone to embrace meaningful partnerships and continue to learn and engage in conversations about Truth and Reconciliation throughout the year. 

Tomorrow, ITO and our trusted partners will be observing a day of reflection for Truth and Reconciliation. We would like to thank our partners for their allyship as we work to improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous Peoples through tourism.


A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program – a program designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the province’s tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees.

Employer Participation
To apply for the program as an employer, you must be a tourism business in Ontario, and you must be willing to support your new employee’s training and development in collaboration with the program. Potential employees will begin their frontline training this Fall, 2021.

You will be invited to participate in the Employee to Employer Matching event taking place in Winter 2021. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview them for your eligible positions in 2022. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to 30%, with a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.


LIVE National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Special
At 8:00pm tomorrow, Thursday September 30th, JUNO Award-winning artist Elisapie hosts a special that honours the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples affected by the tragedies of the Residential School system in Canada, with musical tributes and ceremonies in Indigenous communities across the land.
NCTR Truth and Reconciliation Week Virtual Programming
Truth and Reconciliation Week is a 5-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential school system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists. Access the program agenda, recordings and NCTR’s general public live stream here
Truth and ReconciliACTION Day Concert
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Location: Virtual and in-person at The Regent Theatre, 224 Main Street, Picton ON K0K 2T0
Show start: 8:00pm

A multi award-winning lineup of Indigenous artists David R Maracle, Tom Wilson, Digging Roots and special opening performer Eaoh Argos will take the stage in honour of Truth & Reconciliation Day. This concert will be held live at the Regent for a limited audience and live-streamed for all to enjoy. Virtual reservations still available.
Tagwàgi (Fall) Festival
Join Indigenous Experiences, producers of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival as they
celebrate Tagwàgi – Autumn, in Ottawa’s greenbelt next month. 

Why: Celebrate Tagwàgi (Autumn) and learn about Indigenous culture
Who: Individuals and families PLUS schools, social clubs, corporate groups
Where: Location will be announced on October 1, 2021
When: October 16 to 24, 2021,
10 am – 5 pm daily.
More details to come on October 1st at


Ontario Promotes Indigenous Culture, Innovation and Tourism
On Friday, September 24th, Minister Greg Rickford announced that the Ontario government is providing $1 million to help Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and Science North develop a travelling exhibit to promote Indigenous culture and innovation across Northern Ontario. 

The Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit, a collaboration between ITO and Science North, will highlight historical and modern aspects of Indigenous culture and innovation. Through interactive and educational displays, it will demonstrate the influence of traditional Indigenous knowledge and techniques on modern science.

Following its run at Science North in Sudbury and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, a customized version of the exhibit will travel across Northern Ontario, stopping in approx. 20 communities. At each tour location, the exhibit will provide a platform for local Indigenous tourism operators and businesses to promote themselves and create unique events and programming. 
Ontario Cautiously Easing Capacity Limits in Select Settings Where Proof of Vaccination is Required
Effective as of the past Saturday, September 25, 2021, capacity limits are increased in many of the indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required. Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres; sporting events; concerts, theatres and cinemas; racing venues (e.g., horse racing); and commercial and film television productions with studio audiences will be increased to up to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is less) for indoor events.

For certain outdoor event venues where patrons stand, capacity limits will increase to up to 75 per cent capacity or 15,000 people (whichever is less). For certain outdoor event venues where patrons are seated, capacity limits will be increased to up to 75 per cent capacity or 30,000 people (whichever is less). 

In addition, proof of vaccination will now be required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more to help keep these venues safe for patrons. Read the full government release
Update to Proof of Vaccination in Quick Service Restaurants
Effective as of last Wednesday, September 22, the Government of Ontario has amended regulations to provide quick service restaurants greater flexibility when requesting proof of vaccination from patrons. Currently, proof of vaccination is not required to place, pay for, or pick up an order—however, proof of vaccination is required for indoor dining. Under O. Reg 659/21, quick service restaurants will now have the option to verify proof of vaccination at the order counter, food bar, or cafeteria line (not necessarily at the point of entry to the restaurant) for customers who indicate they would like to dine-in. This amendment does not apply to bars, nightclubs, restoclubs, or similar establishments.

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