Journey to Indigenization

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Sept. 22 to Oct. 4, 2023

Thank you for recognizing and acknowledging these important dates in a meaningful way. This is an incredible opportunity to learn directly from elders, participate in Indigenous scholarship or show support for Indigenous communities.

Share your thoughts

Wherever you are on your journey, we'd appreciate learning more about your experience throughout the nine-day series of events and how we can apply some of your thoughts to future events.



sept. 1 —Every Child Matters orange t-shirts are available for purchase at the Cougars Campus Store. A portion of the proceeds goes to the maintenance & care of the white buffalo & MRU's Indigenous student emergency fund.


Support Indigenous writers. Purchase an Indigenous-written book from the Cougars Campus Store.


Materials by Indigenous writers and about indigenization and decolonization will be displayed on the first floor of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre and available to borrow. Discover more Indigenous collections and resources.


A tiptappay stand will be positioned at campus events for people to tap their phone, debit or credit card to donate either $2, $5 or $10 to the Indigenous Student Emergency Fund. Discover more ways to donate.

Journey to Indigenization

Since 2021, Mount Royal University has commemorated the Signing of Treaty 7, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day and Sisters in Spirit Day within a series of institutional activities over nine days.  

A series of on-campus activities will occur from September 22 to October 4 and will be hosted by the Office of Indigenization and Decolonization every year. These events are known as the Journey to Indigenization.

The Journey to Indigenization aims to provide an opportunity to learn from one another through a series of knowledge infrastructural events. These events showcase the success and innovation in applying, linking and adding Indigenous concepts and epistemological changes to curriculum content at MRU. The knowledge and learning will be shared with students, faculty and staff.

Download this Journey to Indigenization Google Meet background.

Please note the following regarding events:

  • respectfully engage with elders, internal and external mru speakers, staff, students and volunteers,
  • registration is recommended but not required for all events,
  • events may be recorded, and
  • schedule of events is subject to change.



One of the numbered treaties made between the Government of Canada and the Plains First Nations, Treaty 7 was signed on September 22, 1877, by the following five First Nations: the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Îyârhe Nakoda and Tsuut'ina, as did commissioners representing the British crown and Canada.

At the time, the Canadian government was dedicated to building a transcontinental railway, and Treaty 7 permitted tracks to run across the Indigenous lands in what's now known as Southern Alberta.

Many Indigenous people say this was the beginning of the end of their traditional way of life and the start of a new way of life based on treaty cooperation and coexistence with non-Indigenous peoples. We are all treaty people.


Raising of the Survivor Flag

Raising of the Survivor flag ceremony to commemorate the signing anniversary.

 Fri., Sept. 22

9:30 a.m.

TransAlta Amphitheatre


Sept. 30 is recognized as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation while recognizing Orange Shirt Day, honouring Indigenous people who survived residential school and commemorating the children who never made it home.


Campus lit up in orange

MRU will light up the campus in orange to commemorate Orange Shirt Day.

 Fri. Sept. 22 – Wed. Oct. 4


Charlton Pond, recreation pool, various lights around campus, East Gate and T-wing Courtyard tipis

Everyone is encouraged to wear an orange shirt

Every Child Matters orange t-shirts are available for purchase at the Cougars Campus Store.

Launched in 2013, Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis's Story. Its goal is to educate people about residential schools in Canada, learn the truth from survivors and honour the loss of First Nation, Inuit and Métis children who never made it home.

 Fri. Sept. 29 and Fri. Sept. 30

All day

Orange t-shirt exhibit

Orange t-shirts will be displayed around campus to visually represent MRU's commitment to reconciliation.

 Fri. Sept. 29 – Mon. Oct. 2

All day

Every Child Matters march

Wear an orange shirt and join mru leadership, faculty, staff and students as they march from the East Gate entrance to Centennial Garden (T-wing Courtyard) to honour residential school survivors and commemorate the children who never made it home.

 Fri. Sept. 29

Noon – 12:15 p.m.

 Start at East Gate

Acknowledging National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Mount Royal will acknowledge the importance of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation after the Every Child Matters march. Hear from elders and MRU senior leadership.

 Fri. Sept. 29

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.

 Centennial Garden (T-wing Courtyard) — pending weather


Sisters in Spirit Day is a national movement by Indigenous women to raise awareness of the violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit, and to take a stand against the violence that leads to Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits going missing or being murdered.


Everyone is encouraged to wear red

Everyone is encouraged to wear red clothes showing support to the families of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit.

 Wed. Oct. 4

All day

Red Dress Exhibit

Inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black's ReDress Project, MRU will display red dresses around campus to show support for the lives of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit.

 Wed. Oct. 4

All day

Sisters in Spirit Vigil and March

All are welcome to participate in downtown Calgary's Sisters in Spirit Vigil and March.*

*This is a community-led initiative; MRU has no direct affiliation with this initiative. Search online for more detailed information.

 Wed. Oct. 4

10 a.m. – noon

Downtown Calgary





The Office of Indigenization and Decolonization is hosting a series of MRU faculty, student and staff presentions to showcase the indigenization and decolonization work happening in our faculties, programs, classes or communities.

Detailed schedule coming soon.