CBC Honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Special Programming on September 30

CBC Honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Special Programming on September 30

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 202232 Views

Sep 26, 2022

CBC is marking the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30 with an extensive lineup of Indigenous-led original programming showcasing First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences across CBC, CBC Gem, CBC News Network, CBC Kids, CBC Radio One, CBC Listen and CBC Music. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, CBC’s programming will include the CBC NEWS SPECIAL: NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION, hosted by Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, as well as broadcast presentations of Indigenous performances and speakers featured in ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (COME TOWARD THE FIRE) and BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE STARWALKER.

CBC’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation lineup on Friday, September 30 includes:

Note: Radio-Canada programming information available here 


Live from Ottawa, CBC News Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault hosts special coverage of the events to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This special event honours residential school survivors, their families, and their communities, including a commemorative program from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, in association with APTN. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Gem, CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca and the CBC News App.

On CBC Radio One and CBC Listen, Falen Johnson hosts the live coverage, entitled REMEMBERING THE CHILDREN: NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION, beginning at 1 p.m. (2 AT/ 2:30 NT).

ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (COME TOWARD THE FIRE)

ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl translates from the Musqueam language as “Come Toward the Fire”: gathering around a fire inside the traditional big house in Coast Salish Territory has been a way for locals and their guests to meet, share stories, and celebrate through the ages.Recorded at the two-day celebration of the same name at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (University of British Columbia in Vancouver) on September 17 and curated by the host of CBC Music’s RECLAIMED, Jarrett Martineau (Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Alberta), CBC original special ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (COME TOWARD THE FIRE) is an Indigenous-led celebration of creativity, brilliance, culture and community. It showcases the voices of artists, speakers, and dance groups from Musqueam and Indigenous nations across Turtle Island. Airing at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem. *Image can be found here.*

Entitled RECLAIMED PRESENTS: ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (COME TOWARD THE FIRE), the live musical performances captured at the main stage of the event will air beginning at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 AT /4 NT) on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen, and 3:30 p.m. (4 NT) on CBC Music and CBC Listen.


On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, CBC OTTAWA NEWS AT 6 will feature a special live show from Madahoki Farm. How far have we moved along the path to Truth and Reconciliation and how much more is left to be done? Join CBC Ottawa at 6 p.m. ET on CBC and CBC Gem as we tell stories from our community.


7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem

In this CBC Short Doc, elders from Mi’kmaw, Wolastoqey and Passamaquoddy communities share their stories as knowledge keepers, educators and historians.


7:30 p.m. (8 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem

Recorded on September 16 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Indigenous artists including Jeremy Dutcher, Leela Gilday and William Prince perform the timeless songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie in a musical tribute to the life and work of this incredible human rights activist and multidisciplinary artist. The guest of honour’s original artwork is featured throughout this broadcast event, and in an unforgettable finale, she joins her band to perform on stage. Produced by Insight Productions in partnership with The National Arts Centre, Paquin Entertainment and Slaight Music. *Images can be found here.*


9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem

Anishinaabe author, humourist and playwright, Drew Hayden Taylor, tackles one of the most controversial topics in the world today: What does it mean to be Indigenous and who is entitled to claim that identity?

CBC Music

All day on September 30, CBC Music will exclusively feature Indigenous artists and composers from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Available on CBC Listen and CBC Radio One (please check local listings)

THE DOC PROJECT – “Tasting Freedom”

At the Edmonton Indian Residential School in 1961, a teenaged student named Helen Campbell Johnson was starving. And she was angry. One Saturday, standing in that cafeteria, something in her snapped, and Helen took action. This is the true story of a group of kids who – at enormous risk to themselves – tasted freedom one unforgettable day 60 years ago.

THE SECRET LIFE OF CANADA – “The Boy in the Picture”

They are some of the most shared images connected to the Canadian residential school system. A pair of photos from the late 1800s, taken a few years apart, feature a young Indigenous boy. Often published without his name and with the title “Before and After” because he is wearing what looks like traditional clothing in one and European clothing in the other. Who is this boy? Where is he from and what happened to him after he was taken away from home? We go deep into the archives to piece together the details and find out that not everything in these photos is as it appears.


This one-hour special hosted by Jolene Banning to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation highlights stories about Indigenous people pushing back against colonial narratives and impacts. Through stories that explore their culture, history, and personal successes – they will share their truths.

CBC’s ongoing coverage and recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation includes:


THE TRUTH & RECONCILIATION COLLECTION is available now with more than 20 films, specials and documentaries honouring the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Available beginning September 27, CBC original documentary BIMIBATOO-WIN: WHERE I RAN (directed by Erica Daniels) features 75-year-old Charlie Bittern, a Residential School Survivor who recounts the harsh journey he was forced to run at the age of 19 in the midst of Manitoba’s brutal blizzard of 1967. Charlie will embark on the same journey alongside his family and walk the 80 kms to heal from his past and spread awareness for all Residential School Survivors and the children who never made it home.

CBC Podcasts


Long after the Kuper Island Residential School was torn down, the survivors remain haunted by what happened there. Investigative journalist Duncan McCue exposes undisclosed police investigations, confronts perpetrators of abuse, and witnesses a community trying to rebuild on top of the old school’s ruins and the unmarked graves of Indigenous children. An eight-part podcast on residential schools for CBC Podcasts available on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available.

CBC Kids and CBC Kids News

CBC Kids News will premiere a new Orange Shirt Day special, “Reconciliation in the Classroom,” featuring three Indigenous youth discussing the topic of reconciliation and answering questions posed by students across the country. In addition, new “KN Explains” videos will tackle the topics of treaties and land acknowledgements for a tween audience.

CBC Kids will debut a new video explainer “What is Orange Shirt Day?” on CBCKids.ca for kids ages 7-10 and throughout September, Studio K’s special new programming and returning favourites about Indigenous culture are airing during the CBC Kids preschool weekday and weekend morning broadcast blocks.


Contributing Art Director Emily Kewageshig, an Anishinaabe artist raised in Saugeen First Nation #29, designed the CBC logo in 2021 to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Her work captures the interconnection of life forms using culturally significant materials from the land.


About CBC/Radio Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

For additional information, please contact:

Tanya Koivusalo, CBC PR



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