Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of "Every Child Matters". The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools
Learn about the origins of Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis’s Story here
We here at The Rimrock Resort support Indigenous Tourism and Indigenous-owned businesses.
While COVID-19 has severely impacted the tourism industry, it has had an even more significant impact on Indigenous Tourism.
Learn about the struggles of Indigenous-owned tourism in the time of COVID here
Want to know how you can help? Learn more about accredited and authentic indigenous experiences across Canada here
Learn more about indigenous experiences specific to Alberta here
Bow Valley indigenous-owned businesses are:
Buffalo Nations Museum
Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino
Our September 30th ride will be a day to honour Truth and Reconciliation Day. A day to recognize, respect, remember and reconcile. About this event
The Banff Legacy Trail links the communities of Canmore and Banff via a ~25 km one-way, easy gradient paved pathway. This beautiful trail is situated on the traditional 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. This is a free event and a great day out to enjoy the sun, take in some mountain air and get some exercise! The ride is very family friendly. We have had people come out and do a bit of the ride, half of the ride, or the whole ride there and back. This year we are excited to include a tasty food station as well, donated by Strike Group. It should be a special and memorable day!
Residential School Presentation with Angus Cockney
You are invited to attend a presentation at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7 p.m. Angus Cockney, a long-time Bow Valley resident, is a 13-year Residential School Survivor who was also orphaned at age eight. His presentation, "Scars and Stars," outlines that life is not without its scars. However, by sharing his story, he inspires others to move forward; in other words, one needs to feed their destiny more than their history. Please join the Whyte Museum and Angus Cockney on September 29th at 7 p.m. as we prepare for a day of reflection on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30). This presentation is in person at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free. Online registration is encouraged.
We encourage participants to gather with us again on October 1 from 2 to 3:00 p.m. on the museum grounds around a fire to share what you did on September 30 with local Indigenous community members in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.
A teepee is being placed on the grounds of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachment located at 335 Lynx Street from September 23 – October 3. On September 30, Elders from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation will be providing a prayer service between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. The purpose of this gathering is to recognize the tragic legacy of residential schools, the missing children, the families, and the survivors.
The Stoney Nation has organized an Every Child Matters walk to take place of September 30th at 112am, beginning at the historic McDougall church located on the east end of Mini Thni along highway 1A. Please contact Eve Powder for more information at 403-399-9156 or visit their Facebook page: Every Child Matters Mini Thni and Cochrane. Everyone is welcome.