National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities.
Orange Shirt Day
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are both on September 30. Orange Shirt Day was created out of the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. She had her new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of school. Orange Shirt Day has since become an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. Everyone is still encouraged to wear orange shirts on this day in commemoration.
For more information, visit the Canadian Heritage website.