Orange Shirt Day
ORANGE SHIRT DAY and the NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
Truth & Reconciliation Day on September 30th honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.
Residential schools were schools built by the Canadian Government and ran by religious groups. The purpose of these schools was for Indigenous children to assimilate into Euro- Canadian culture. The first residential school opened was in 1831 and the last one to close was 1996.
Children were taken from their families and forced to go to schools that were often far away from their homes. The children were often not allowed to have contact with their parents for long periods of time. They were not allowed to speak their language or practice their culture. The children were treated poorly by the adults in the schools.
“Reconciliation is about establishing…a respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. For that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour” (Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley, Orange Shirt Day, 2020).
Classes have been learning about and engaging in discussions about Residential Schools, Truth &Reconciliation, the Calls to Action, Orange Shirt Day and the impacts of these on the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
We will be continuing these discussions beyond September30th as we commit to taking action in support of Canada's Indigenous Communities.
Please visit these links to learn more or find events around Metro Vancouver:
- Orange Shirt Day
- CBC News – 94 Calls to Action
- Government of Canada – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Frozen River – Carousel Theatre presentation
- Orange Shirt Day at Templeton Welcome Garden
- Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Westminster Pier Park
- National Day of Truth and Reconciliation at Port Moody Station Museum