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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Updated: Oct 5

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Throughout the week leading up to this day, the Iniikokaan Centre is hosting a variety of events that will focus on the topics of intergeneration trauma, experiences of residential schools, and Canada's history of attempted cultural genocide through assimilation.


To all Indigenous students - this week can weigh heavy on you and your heart, please know that you are not alone. Please feel free to drop in at the Iniikokaan Centre, or reach out for information on supports available for you.


The Iniikokaan Centre is located on the 2nd floor of South Campus.

Email: iniikokaan@bowvalleycollege.ca

Voicemail: 403-476-2255


Upcoming Events:

September 26-29: Truth and Reconciliation Library Display - TRC Resources and interactive online teaching


September 26

  • Breakfast at Iniikokaan Centre with Elder Charlotte McLeod

Elder Charlotte will join breakfast with a special teaching for National Truth & Reconciliation.

Time: 8:30am, Location: Iniikokaan Centre or online via MS Teams (Meeting ID: 272 475 877 330, Passcode: CJWp8y)

  • Drop-in Counsellor Appointments Available (2:00-3:30pm)

September 28

  • "My Suitcase: Nii Sookayis" Book Reading with Elder Christina Fox (11:00am)

The Iniikokaan Centre invites BVC Students, Staff, and Faculty to join in on a book reading with Author and Elder Christina Fox to hear the perspective of Indigenous peoples who face residential schools. This book is about Elder Christina's book about her journey at residential schools and celebration of healing.

Time: 11:00am, Location: Iniikokaan Centre, Gathering Room

If you are interested in purchasing the book, it is available here: "My Suitcase: Nii Sookayis"


September 29

  • Drop-in Beading - Orange Shirt

Join the Iniikokaan Centre for beading. Pick up your own Orange Shirt Pin Beading Kit and learn how to bead with other students.

Time: Starting at 1:00pm, Location: Iniikokaan Centre, Gathering Room

  • Drop-in Counsellor Appointments Available (2:30-3:30pm)

  • Drop-in Financial Coach (1:00-4:00pm)

September 30

  • Campus Closure for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Orange Shirt Day


Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day Resources




The Students' Association of Bow Valley College (SABVC) and Bow Valley College are located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda.


We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary.


The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

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