National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day was first established as an observance in 2013, as part of an effort to promote awareness and education of the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century. The impact of the residential school system has resulted in loss of culture, family, language, traditions, self-esteem, belonging and identity.

The use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack-Webstad, whose personal items, including the new orange shirt her Granny bought her for her first day of school, was taken from her on that first day of residential schooling and never returned. The orange shirt is used as a symbol of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children that the residential school system enforced.

Now, September 30th is known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Everyone is welcome to come out for a full day of awareness, honour and remembrance. Water and snacks will be provided along the walk. Transportation between the Sorting Gap and Nanicost will be provided.