There are many ways for you to get involved and to receive updates on what is happening in the community. Here are a few great resources to get you connected on campus and in the National Capital Region.

*more events being added

Educational exhibit: “Where are the Children? Healing the Impacts of Residential Schools” (Hosted by Faculty of Medicine) – *CANCELLED*

Due to unforeseen shipping delays, this exhibition has been cancelled.

  1. The book draw is still going ahead online
  2. The Faculty community is also invited to visit the RGN Atrium to share their personal commitment to Truth and Reconciliation on a paper orange T-shirt, to be displayed in the Atrium.

This exhibition, the first in Canada to be developed on residential schools, spans over 125 years and contains photographs and documents from the 1880s to present day. Photographs, text panels and artifacts move the witness through the process of leaving home and arriving at school, to school activities and being part of a classroom. A section on the children who never returned home as well as on contemporary role models provides a wide range of perspectives. See full description here.

Presented by the Legacy of Hope Foundation.

Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30, 2022
Atrium, Roger Guindon Hall
In-person exhibit
Free | No registration required
A free shuttle service to Roger Guindon Hall is available. See schedule.

Listening and Honouring Residential School Survivors (Hosted by Faculty of Education)

University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education is pleased to invite students, faculty members, and community members to come together for a special event in honour of residential school survivors. This event will occur on Wednesday, September 28th 2022 from 9:45a.m.-12:00p.m. EST at the Faculty of Education Resource Centre. This session will be in English. Register here.
Wednesday, September 28th at 9:45 a.m.
Lamoureux Hall (LMX), room 203
145 Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private
Ottawa, Ontario

Vigil for Joyce Echaquan

September 28th marks the second anniversary of the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman who died in hospital after suffering abuse from healthcare workers. This university joined other institutions and individuals in signing Joyce’s Principle, and this year, a twilight vigil will be held on the lawn of Tabaret Hall on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. to honour her memory and the memory of all who have lost their lives to discrimination and violence.

Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Tabaret Lawn
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Webinar: A Nehiyô Family Doctor’s perspective on Truth, Reconciliation and Medicine (Organized by the Faculty of Medicine)

In this session, Dr. James Makokis will discuss his own family’s personal experience in relation to “Indian Residential Schools,” the lasting and continued impact of intergenerational trauma, and how he works to address this in his life with specific attention to the field of Medicine. The presentation will be in English. This event is for students, staff and faculty members of the University of Ottawa. Please register using your email address to receive a Zoom link here.

Speaker Bio: Dr. James A. Makokis is a Nehiyô (Plains Cree) Family Physician from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta. He most recently won Season Seven of the Amazing Race Canada with his husband Anthony Johnson as “Team Ahkameyimok” (“Never give up” in the Plains Cree language).  Since starting his practice in Alberta in 2012, Dr. Makokis has become a leader in the areas of Indigenous health, equity, diversity and inclusion, anti-racism, and transgender health. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Program (MD2010), and a recipient of the Faculty’s Rising Star Alumni Award of Distinction in 2020.

This event is presented by the Centre for Indigenous Health Research and Education at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.
For more information, contact [email protected].

Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Beading Workshops

Join a beading circle at the Indigenous Resource Centre to make your own orange t-shirt pin! There will be two sessions open to the university community:

September 26, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
September 27, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

145 Séraphin-Marion Private
Ottawa, Ontario

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Join us for a ceremony to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with guest speakers from the community, including the Indigenous Students’ Association and President Jacques Frémont. Open to the public. Guests are encouraged to wear orange.

September 30, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
University Square
136 University Private
Ottawa, Ontario


Virtual Background Images
Please download and use one of these virtual backgrounds.
Download English version here.
Téléchargez la version française ici.

Here are the steps to upload the backgrounds within Teams or Zoom:


  1. Within a video call, select the More actions button (three dots);
  2. Select Show background effects;
  3. Select Add new;
  4. Select the image you'd like to use as a background;
  5. Select Open.


  1. Sign in to Zoom desktop client;
  2. Click Settings;
  3. Click Virtual Background;
  4. Click on an image to select the desired virtual background or add your own image by clicking +Add Image;
  5. To disable Virtual Background, choose the option None.
Orange background image with the uOttawa logo with a text that reads National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Image shows four students speaking outside with a building and tree in the background. Two of the students are seated while the other two stand on opposite ends of the bench conversing with the group.
Image shows the logo for the Indigenous Students' Association, which is an orange circle that features a black canoe in the center with three figures aboard. A medicine wheel, an infinite symbol, and an inukshuk appear on the side of the canoe.

Indigenous Students Association (ISA)

The ISA is a group of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who strive to foster a sense of belonging and community.
Image shows five young people. A woman in the center of the group is wearing a Métis sash over their shoulder across their chest, and a man next to her is shown wearing a beaded medallion.

The Infinite Reach

Creating a network of Métis postsecondary students across the province that can share experiences and support one another in their academic pursuits.
Image shows the words "Future Further" in white font over an orange square.

Future Further

A dedicated resource that provides information on supports and services to Indigenous students interested in or attending an Ontario university.