September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. What does this mean? Why do we wear orange?
On the first Orange Shirt Day “former (residential ‘school’) student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, one of the founders of the Orange Shirt Society, shared the “story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.”
Phyllis never got her shirt back, and many children never came home.
The Orange Shirt Society was created to:
– to support Indian Residential School Reconciliation
– to create awareness of the individual, family and community intergenerational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Society activities
– to create awareness of the concept of “Every Child Matters”
What can YOU do? Familiarize yourself with the Truth and Reconciliation final report and 94 calls to Action:
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