“Imagine, if you can, what it would be like if your children or your grandchildren were taken away from you today and placed in an institution … and they never came back to you because they died in the schools.”Justice Murray Sinclair
This September 30th marks the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as “Orange Shirt Day“, a statutory holiday in Canada created to reconfirm this nation’s commitment towards the reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. It is a day to educate ourselves about the Indian residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century – an impact that is recognized as a cultural genocide, and one that continues to this day with the ongoing discoveries of mass graves at the former sites of Canadian Indian Residential Schools.
The week of Sept 27 – Oct 3 is a time for reflection and a time to come together in the spirit of reconciliation, and to honour those who have been impacted by Canada’s residential school system. We encourage everyone to wear an orange shirt on Thursday September 30th, to take time to participate in the many initiatives happening across the the country and stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Canada.
We invite you to watch this video of Honourable Murray Sinclair, speaking about the impact of the residential schools on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
Throughout this week and onward, let us discover the colonial propagandistic roots of our discriminatory prejudices against the Indigenous peoples of Canada and solemnly renounce them. And let us make a renewed commitment towards building a society free of oppression, injustice and discrimination, where all people of Canada, Indigenous and non Indigenous, can live in harmony with one another.