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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Icon, an orange heart with a white hand printNational Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022 runs September 26-30 with Friday September 30 declared as Orange Shirt Day. Wear an orange shirt to honour those who did and didn’t survive life in Canada’s residential schools.

Hamilton Public Library encourages the community to learn the stories, experiences and legacies of the children, families and communities forever impacted by those forced to attend Canada’s Residential Schools.

We have assembled a collection of books, movies and more focused on Indigenous voices, authors, storytellers, musicians, and artists.

Minute of Silence Fri Sep 30, 2:15pm 

HPL will observe a moment of silence at 2:15pm on Friday September 30, 2022. The time chosen reflects the discovery of the remains of 215 children in a mass graveyard on a former residential school site in Kamloops, BC, in May 2021. 


We have recommended reads about the residential school experience, created in partnership with Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg. Also, check out HPL’s Staff Picks: #Indigenous Reads and Indigenous Reads for Kids and Teens.

We also have a Discover at Home Activity dedicated to Orange Shirt Day.


Stream documentaries, educational videos and audio on Summa with your HPL library card.


Learn more about Indigenous musicians and storytellers through their music and legacies.


Events focused on Indigenous stories, traditions and the residential school history are at Watch, listen and learn.

Learn more about the 94 Calls to Action listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report.