National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Honours the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada, the residential school survivors and commemorating those who did not return home. This day is also known as #OrangeShirtDay.
This is the time to take the opportunity to learn, acknowledge and reflect about the unfortunate history of these residential schools. It is the time to pause and reflect, to grieve and to move forward with truth and reconciliation. This recognition is important and long overdue. We need take concrete action and become allies. This is a healing journey of the survivors and their families, and we must commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. As LCCC educators, it is also a chance to have open discussions regarding for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
About Orange Shirt Day: Ev
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived residential schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of
Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.
Highlighting & Celebrating Indigenous Peoples
We must also take this opportunity to educate and shed light about Indigenous Peoples traditions, cultures, food, song, art and history. We must celebrate also highlight many Indigenous Peoples who have been influential, inspiring and made an impact on our world today! From musical song artists, influencers, models, fashion designers, make-up artists, chefs, dancers, authors, poets ... the list goes on!
We must take steps to follow and amplify the platforms of the influential members in these communities .