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How to Participate in National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in Toronto

On September 30, the City of Toronto will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for the first time in history. This day is all about honouring and respecting what makes this dynamic and vibrant city so special—its people.

We've curated links to resources from the community on what you need to know about closures in Toronto and to suggest events and activities for learning and reflecting.

A person standing within the Royal Ontario Museum's Indigenous Art Collection
The ROM offers free access to the Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture, featuring 1000+ works of art & cultural heritage

What’s open on September 30

While it is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, there are some closures to be aware of if you’re visiting the city. All federally regulated businesses including private sectors like banks and Crown corporations, as well as public sectors like Parliament and public services, will be closed. 

Popular tourist attractions like the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be open. The Toronto Zoo will be offering complimentary admission to Indigenous people on this day.

Malls and grocery stores will also be open. 

See also: What’s Open and Closed on Sept. 30 in Ontario for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (via CP24)

Orange Shirt Day

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was formerly known as Orange Shirt Day to honour “Phyllis’ story” (established in 2013). If you are shopping for a new orange shirt to commemorate this day, buy from an Indigenous artist or company that supports Indigenous causes or directly from the Orange Shirt Society.

Indigenous Arts Festival
The Indigenous Arts Festival is held in June at Fort York National Historic Site and showcases Indigenous visual arts, music, dance and storytelling

Indigenous arts & culture

According to Destination Indigenous, Indigenous merchandise often tells a story. Traditional craftsmanship is usually passed down through Oral Traditions, which are reflected in authentic Indigenous products. Learn more at BuyAuthentic.ca. Or, explore Indigenous arts through the City of Toronto’s ArtworxTO program, as part of Toronto's Year of Public Art 2021–2022.

Find more ways to participate, learn and reflect in the City of Toronto resources on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

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