Honouring the Past, Committing to the Future
#OrangeShirtDay was first commemorated in 2013 as part of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion.
On September 30 of that year, Phyllis Webstad recounted a story that occurred 40 years ago when her bright orange shirt was taken away when she arrived at the residential school.
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #80, and following the recent discoveries of the remains of thousands of children on the grounds of former residential schools, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation became a federal statutory holiday.
Indigenous peoples have always known about the violence and horrors of residential schools. But the unearthing of the children has exposed the truth to those who did not know.
Learning the truth about residential schools is a key step towards reconciling with Canada’s history and addressing the ongoing inequities that exist for Indigenous peoples and communities.
Non-Indigenous Canadians who do have a paid holiday should be reminded that this is not an extra day of vacation – Call to Action #80 has an intention.
Spend today in reflection, learning, and planning for actions in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
We know that the work of reconciling the disparities in health equity and education is ongoing.
We need all members of our community in the #TemertyMed community to consider how they will contribute to working toward reconciliation.