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National Day for Truth & Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2022

*Content warning: Residential Schools

Today marks the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

Every year, on this day, we remember and honour the Indigenous children who were taken away to residential schools and never came home, the children who survived, and all of their families and loved ones.

Over 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were forced to attend Indian Residential Schools – stripped of their languages, traditions, and culture through many cruel and inhumane policies.

In its ongoing research, The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has identified over 4,000 children who died at residential schools.

The personal and intergenerational trauma of the children, families and communities subjected to the Canadian residential school system continues to this day.

In acknowledging the tragic legacy of residential schools, we reaffirm our commitment to meaningful allyship with Indigenous communities and to the ongoing process of healing and reconciliation.

Along with the many local activities taking place today, here are some ways you can honour the lost children and the Survivors of the residential school system:

  • Wear orange
  • Observe a moment of silence

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