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  • National Day For Truth And Reconciliation - Canada

    Today is the first official day that honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

    Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30th.

    Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived residential schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.


    Today we wear Orange for a different reason. Bless all those who suffered from such cruelty - of body, of mind and of spirit. Those crimes will never be forgotten.