Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Programming Supports for Schools

September 30th is a federal statutory holiday. Schools may provide Orange Shirt Day programming on days other than September 30th.  

To allow for a robust day of authentic learning no matter when schools choose to honour the day, Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortium (ARPDC) are pleased to provide these pre-recorded events.

New Blood – An Exploration in Reconciliation

Created through a grant from Alberta Education, teachers may use the following video and lesson plans to build understanding of the history and legacy of residential schools.

New Blood is an interdisciplinary dance piece that explores the idea of reconciliation. Inspired by childhood experiences in residential schools that are reflected in the poems of Chief Dan George, Grandchild, and The Indian and the Child, from Siksika chief ,Vincent Yellow Old Woman, Strathmore High School choreographer/teacher Deanne Bertsch,  incorporated poetry, music and dance into a dramatic and moving student performance.

This video and accompanying lesson plans are appropriate for grades 7-12.

Lesson Plans

Grades 7-9   Grades 10-12

This video is intended for the viewing and learning purposes of Alberta students

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The following pre-recorded materials are appropriate for Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

Opening Prayer and Smudging Ceremony

Start your day of programming off in a good way with this prayer and smudge ceremony for schools and classrooms provided by Elder Wilson Bearhead.

Length: 12:34


Opening Teaching

Elder Wilson Bearhead shares a teaching for students discussing treaty, reconciliation, and the legacy of residential schools.

Length: 30:06


Virtual Tours and Traditional Teachings

Áísínaiʼpi / Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Elder and Provincial Park Interpreter Saa’kokoto takes students on a journey exploring the Áísínaiʼpi / Writing-on-Stone provincial park, found in the centre of Nitawahsin – known as Blackfoot original land. In this journey, Saa’kokoto interprets First Nations Rock Art (petroglyphs and pictographs) in the Milk River Valley to share the stories and history of the Blackfoot People (Niitsítapi).

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, located in the Porcupine Hills of Southern Alberta, near Fort Macleod, is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jump sites in North America. This program will introduce native buffalo hunting culture. Students will get to see tools, games and more.

Conrad Little Leaf: History of Buffalo Jump Kindergarten to Grade 6

Conrad Little Leaf: History of Buffalo Jump Grades 7 to 12



Language Education

Members of the ARPDC Partner Circle provide greetings and farewells in traditional languages. Click here or the image for this classroom guide.



Closing Circle Guide

This guide provides classroom support for educators to conduct a closing sharing circle with students. Click here or the image for this classroom guide.