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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events in the NWT

Students at Yellowknife's Range Lake North School participate in an Orange Shirt Day ceremony in 2022. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
Students at Yellowknife's Range Lake North School participate in an Orange Shirt Day ceremony in 2022. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio

On this page, you can find details of events happening across the Northwest Territories that honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

In 2023, that day – Orange Shirt Day – falls on a Saturday. Many businesses and institutions will also mark the day on Monday, October 2.

The day honours children who never came home and residential school survivors, their families and their communities.

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Events are shown by community. Details shown are a summary of those published by event organizers.




Friday, 11:15am-4pm: Meet at the Moose Kerr School main door for a community walk, followed by a barbecue, jigging, a drum dance and lunch at the Sittichinli Recreational Complex.


Friday, 2pm: A community walk begins at Elizabeth Mackenzie School, followed by a culture hour at the Kǫ̀ Gocho Centre’s youth centre from 4pm and a youth craft night at the Tłı̨chǫ Wellness Centre from 6pm. Snacks and water are available at the end of the walk.

High Level

Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm: A walk begins at the High Level Native Friendship Centre at 3pm, following an opening prayer at 2:30pm. The walk is followed by speakers, a prayer song and drummers, then a bannock and stew supper and a drum dance.


Saturday, 12-4pm: Wear orange and gather at Ingamo Hall from 12pm for a march to the Midnight Sun Complex, which will be followed by a kids’ carnival. Bring a dozen cupcakes for your chance to win prizes.



Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Hay River

Friday, 10am: The Hay River Métis, Kátł’odeeche First Nation and West Point First Nation invite residents to ring the bell at the Kátł’odeeche First Nation.

Friday, 11am: A flag-raising and Walk for Reconciliation will begin at Hay River’s fire hall, including ceremonial drumming.

Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation and Fort Simpson

Saturday, 11am-3pm: A walk from the rec centre is followed by a potluck at 12pm, a best traditional dress competition at 1pm and a drum dance at 2pm.

Ndılǫ, Dettah and Yellowknife

Saturday, 2-8pm: A gathering will be held by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation at the Ndılǫ gym. A feeding-the-fire ceremony and speakers will be followed by a sharing circle, feast and drum dance.


Friday, 3pm: A feeding-the-fire ceremony and community walk will start from Mezi Community School. Orange shirts will be available, with hot chocolate and hot dogs donated by the Whatì Community Store.