National Day for Truth + Reconciliation | Orange Shirt Day

September 29 2023 / 5:00pm - September 30 2023 / 5:00pm


CVAG will be closed on Saturday, September 30, in honour of the National Day for Truth + Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

While our doors are closed, a special video presentation will be visible in our Window + Plaza Media Gallery and the sculptural installation Stolen Sister will be visible through the window of our Hub Gallery. The ongoing program Public Space : Sacred Space is always visible at CVAG Plaza; it includes Traditional Welcome Poles, a Traditional Indigenous Full-Circle Tea Garden, and the sculptural artwork Crossroads.

We encourage you to participate in the local events happening on Saturday. The Comox Valley MIKI’SIW Métis Association and Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society have organized a Spirit Walk starting at Simms Millenium Park in Courtenay. Opening Ceremonies will take place at 11AM. Drop by anytime between 11AM – 5PM to register, receive your map, and walk.

Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Star Soul Metaphysics, and Curious Cat Gifts in Downtown Courtenay will be displaying completed “Every Child Matters” colouring pages. Comox Valley MIKI’SIW Métis Association have organized this community art project to help children to participate in reconciliation. Please print, colour, and drop off all drawings at the stores before 5PM on Friday, September 29.
Click here for the printable colouring page.


Comox Valley:
SD 71 Indigenous Education – Orange Shirt Day
K’ómoks First Nation
MIKI’SIW Métis Association
Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society

British Columbia:
Metis Nation BC – Mental Health Services
Vancouver Coastal Health – Indigenous Wellness Program
UBC – Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Library Thing – MIKI’SIW Books
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
Hope For Wellness – Helpline
First Nations Health Authority – Mental Health Benefit
Government of Canada – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Campaign


ARTIST: Gwen Monnet – Stolen Sister, Spirit Walk logo
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS: Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society, MIKI’SIW Metis Association