Truth and Reconciliation Week

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA), Indigenous Students’ Association (ISA) and The University of Winnipeg present a week of programming from September 27th to October 1st surrounding Truth and Reconciliation and Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day. Inspired by the work of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), there will be virtual and in-person programming dedicated to learning from Indigenous peoples and cultures along with honouring residential school Survivors. In addition, the UWSA will be hosting virtual workshops, limited in-person events, providing food and refreshments and giving away Every Child Matters orange shirts! Everything is free, and all are welcome. 

 Join us for Truth and Reconciliation Week and reflect on what Truth and Reconciliation mean to you as a UofW student!   

You will need to pre-register for workshops. Food and shirts are available while supplies last.  

All in-person events require proof of double vaccination and masks.  

Questions? Reach us at 

Please review our UWSA Events Safer Space Policy 

You can find more events for Truth and Reconciliation on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Facebook Page: NCTR Facebook Event Page. 

You can find a list of Indigenous Resources list here: Indigenous History Month Resources. Please keep in mind that this list is growing.  

Suggested Readings: 

UWSA Reconciliation and Decolonization page: Reconciliation and Decolonization Page 

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action 

Five Years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report and Calls to Action: 


Monday, September 27 

Opening Ceremony 

12:30 pm | The University of Winnipeg Quad + Instagram Live @theuwsa

Start the Truth and Reconciliation Week with opening remarks from the UWSA VPEA, Jonathan Henderson, Indigenous Students’ Association, Elder Robert Green, Screaming Thunder Wolf Drum group, and a pipe ceremony. Livestreamed on Instagram @theuwsa and in person at the Quad. 

Truth and Growth Workshop: Land Back 

5 pm – 7 pm | Zoom
Pre-register here: 

Facilitator: Shawna Peloquin (she/her), UWSA Community Liaison Director and Aaliyah Leach from Migiziwazison Sacred Fire and Healing Village.  

An interactive dialogue on the concept of Land back, what land reclamation can look like, the barriers to the land back movement, and the alternatives for Indigenous people to assert land sovereignty within their social and economic environment. Please bring a pen and paper to keep notes!  

Students who attend the workshop are automatically entered for a chance to win a gift basket. 

Tuesday, September 28  

Learning nēhinawēwin as a second language: Cameron Adams

5pm– 6pm | Zoom 

Pre-register here: 

Facilitator: Cameron Adams
Learn about Cameron Adams’s journey in learning his nēhinawēwin language. Students who attend the workshop are automatically entered for a chance to win a gift basket.  

Wednesday, September 29 

Orange Shirt Giveaway, Smudging Station 

11 am – 3 pm | The University of Winnipeg Quad

Pick up a free Every Child Matters Orange Shirt supplied by Dreamcatcher Promotions. While supplies last. 

There will be a Smudging Station for students at the University of Winnipeg Quad supervised by UWPG Associate VP and Indigenous Engagement, Jennefer Nepinak and UWSA VPEA, Jonathan Henderson. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

Thursday, September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 

The University of Winnipeg campus will be closed, and classes are cancelled for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  

Friday, October 1

Elder-Youth Knowledge Transfer  

11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Migiziwazison Sacred Fire and Healing Village

More details about the event will be coming soon! Food and refreshments will be provided by Perfect Place Catering. 

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