National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at SFU
In 2021, the Government of Canada moved to instate September 30, Orange Shirt Day, as a national holiday — the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. SFU commemorated Truth and Reconciliation Day across the university’s three campuses in 2021 and 2022. Ceremonies featured speakers including Indigenous staff and students at SFU and Elders from local Indigenous communities. Events reflected upon the discovery of 215 unmarked graves in Kamloops in 2021 and celebrated the persistence and resilience of Indigenous peoples and their cultures. SFU continued to focus on its community partnerships, co-hosting a ceremony with the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee and the City of Surrey, as well, private events were held for the Indigenous community at SFU, hosted by the Indigenous Student Centre.