National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2022

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September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Canada.

For more than a century, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. The term residential schools refers to a school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the objective of educating Indigenous children but also indoctrinating them into Euro-Canadian and Christian culture. Many of the students were abused, and many did not make it home.

This day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, in addition to their families and communities. Public commemoration of this tragic history and its ongoing impacts is a vital part of the reconciliation process.

How You Can Get Involved

• Wear an orange shirt to show your solidarity
• Read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Summary Report
• Participate in community-led National Truth & Reconciliation events listed by the Calgary Foundation

References:

https://www.calgary.ca/events/orange-shirt-day.html

 

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