September 30 is Orange Shirt day, when all Canadians are encouraged to wear orange in order to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of survivors.
Canada has embarked on a journey of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. A fundamental part of this journey is the process of truth telling, healing, and recognizing past injustices. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its Calls to Actions are helping to shed light on a dark chapter of Canada’s history of colonization and residential schools, and the impact the schools still have today on Indigenous peoples.
All Canadians have a role to play in reconciliation. On September 30, we encourage everyone to not only wear orange but to also take this opportunity to learn more about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools, and to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report and Calls to Action.
For more information, please visit: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/