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Truth and Reconciliation Resources

Chinook Lodge Resource Centre

To learn more and connect with the Indigenous community at SAIT, visit the Chinook Lodge Resource Centre.

Chinook Lodge

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a time for transparent education, and for thinking deeply about Reconciliation. It is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and reflect on the lasting impact of our country’s colonial history.

Orange Shirt Day is also September 30, and is a time to reflect on the injustices of the residential school experience, as well as honour those who didn’t make it home, the survivors and their families.

SAIT students and employees are encouraged to spend the day learning and participating in events on campus and throughout the city.

SAIT will host two events:

[REGISTRATION FULL] Intercultural Forum: Get Ready for Orange Shirt Day 

Join an intercultural forum led by Beverly Keeshig-Soonias to listen, reflect on and think deeply about the story of Orange Shirt Day. Trust is built by listening to each other’s truth and experience. Listening also builds social connection. Offered in the format of a sharing circle, the goal is to help participants get into the right mindset for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by sharing and listening to one another. The forum serves as excellent preparation for the discussion panel to be held in the afternoon.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 | 9:30 – 11 am
Chinook Lodge, NN 108, Senator Burns building, SAIT Main Campus


Survivor Storytelling and Discussion Panel: Why is Truth and Reconciliation important?

Join Victor Buffalo, Distinguished SAIT Alumnus CHT ’64, who will share his story of attending Indian Residential School and answer questions from the audience. Following a short break, a discussion panel, featuring students, employees and Indigenous community members will explore the necessity of Truth and Reconciliation. The panel will be hosted by Jean Dube, Indigenous Liaison, SAIT and feature Rod Scout, Elder, Siksika Nation as one of the panelists. The panel will be followed by a question and answer segment to allow for audience participation.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 | Noon – 2 pm
Macdonald Hall, AA 114, Heritage Hall, SAIT Main Campus

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Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society
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403.531.1972 or 403.531.1976

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

CCASA – Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault

Chinook Lodge (SAIT students)

Distress Centre
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Hope for Wellness Help Line and Chat

National Indian Residential School Resolution Help Support Program

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