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  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

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    国际赌城下注官网 welcomes the establishment of September 30 as a national statutory holiday to recognize the widespread abuse at residential schools, honour survivors, and work for reconciliation.

    September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day since 2013. It is named after the clothing taken from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad when she was six years old on her first day at residential school. 

    The day’s slogan “Every Child Matters” is a plea to value and care for all children, something that was not the standard held by the churches administering residential schools, nor the Government of Canada, which is still in court fighting equal funding for on-reserve children.

    国际赌城下注官网 members have long organized for justice on Orange Shirt Day. Efforts have only increased since the remains of missing children were discovered on the site of a former residential school near Kamloops B.C. followed by the uncovering of more bodies at former schools across Canada.

    The mass grave confirms what Indigenous communities have said for decades—thousands of children went to the school and never returned home. It is a reminder of the scale of colonial violence that still haunts survivors and their families today.

    On September 30 国际赌城下注官网 amplifies the calls from Indigenous Rights Holders for accountability. Organizations and individuals who are responsible for stealing and abusing children must be held accountable. It’s also time to end the impunity for those who covered up these crimes or continue to block the release of records.

    Among those calls for justice, 国际赌城下注官网 supports the Assembly of First Nations complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

    Reconciliation is not possible until Every Child Matters.

    Engagement Opportunities/Activities

    Wear Orange!

    Wear an orange t-shirt to honour of survivors and their families and participate in Orange Shirt Day events to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada. Please send your photos to @email and share online with the hashtag #unifor and #everychildmatters 

    Learn more about the artwork commissioned by 国际赌城下注官网 for the 2021 t-shirts.

    National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

    Truth and Reconciliation Week: September 27 – October 1:…

    First Nations Family and Child Caring Society of Canada 


    September 30 at the Beechwood Cemetery


    Healing Walk/Orange Shirt Day Pow wow


    September 30 at 11 a.m. at the Canadian Human Rights Museum. The event ends at St. John’s Park – Welcome Home Powwow to follow 1:00 pm

    Indian Residential School Survivors Society

    Orange Shirt Society

    National Association of Friendship Centres

    Find a friendship centre in your region:

    Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (Near former Kamloops residential school)

    Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is inviting the world to virtually participate in an honour song and drum for the children: September 30 at 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time