Orange graphic with youth shoes, in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day



Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

It is a solemn occasion and national day of commemoration to honour the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.

To support staff in their journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority will be closed on Friday, Sept. 29 for commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools – a vital component of the reconciliation process.

We recognize the importance of engaging in learning activities to raise awareness and understanding of the devastating impact of Canada’s residential school system. This is a vital part of our commitment to shared stewardship of natural resources and to expand our knowledge of Indigenous culture and history in the watershed.

On Saturday, September 23, the NPCA was honoured to partner with Niagara Folk Arts Festival and Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consulting, and local Indigenous communities to welcome nearly 100 visitors to the Reawakening All of Our Senses “Stories by the Fire” at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. The evening featured Indigenous cultural programming under the stars which included sharing, storytelling, dancing and music performed by award-winning Indigenous country artist Jim Jacobs. Today we share our appreciation, Chi miigwetch.

The NPCA encourages all residents and visitors of this watershed to continue to learn about Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous culture, peoples, treaties, art, history and traditions on an on-going basis.

There are a number of local events and activities to attend in recognition of Sept. 30. To learn more and explore ways in which you can personally commit to reconciliation, visit: