National Day of Truth & Reconcilation ~Sept. 30th
This past June, the federal government passed legislation designating September 30 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to commemorate the history and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada as a statutory holiday. This day is a direct response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Known as Orange Shirt Day from the movement inspired by survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad who, on her first day at residential school in 1973, had her new orange shirt taken from her. This day, and now week, is an opportunity to continue the learning and conversations about the true history of this land now called Canada. September 30 was chosen because September is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools.
We remember those children and communities dramatically affected by the Indian Residential Schools System. We hope that these days are just the beginning of these conversations for the year.
Please know that teachers will be talking about this in their classrooms this week. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.