National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A message to the campus from President Ed McCauley

To commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, Thursday, September 30 has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by the Government of Canada.

The University of Calgary has decided to close operations on September 30 to honour survivors, their families and their communities – and to set aside time for the UCalgary community to learn about and reflect on this dark chapter of our nation’s history.

This means that classes, labs and other course components will not be held on this day, and many university offices will be closed. Students in practicum placements, internships, and co-op positions should consult their work placements regarding whether or not they will be working this day.

During the day, we will hold a series of events guided by our Indigenous Elders and members of the Indigenous Engagement team. For all of us – as a community deeply committed to ii’ taa’poh’to’p – this will be a time to come together with one heart and take another step in our shared journey toward reconciliation. Event details will be shared closer to the day, and I hope that many of you will join me in taking part.

The impact that a change to our academic schedule has on students and faculty was carefully considered in this decision, and we thank everyone for understanding the importance of honouring this day. To make room in the academic schedule, the fall 2021 term has been extended by one day; the last day of classes will now be Thursday, December 9, and the start of the final exam period will be Monday, December 13. You can view the updated academic schedule here

I look forward to commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation together with you all. Let’s make the most of this important opportunity.

Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor

University of Calgary