Everyone is welcome to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt day event on Sunday, from 11 to noon, taking place at the Information Kiosk (Sooke town centre near the traffic circle). You don’t need a special shirt or even anything orange to participate. Just come and stand together, because every child matters.
Orange Shirt Day is an event promoted through the Orange Shirt Society, a non-profit organization in Williams Lake. It was started in 2013 by Phyllis Jack Webstad, designed to educate people and to promote awareness about the Indian Residential School system and the impact the system had on Indigenous communities. For more information go to www.orangeshirtday.org.
The following list comes from CBC, who is recommending a personal act of reconciliation.
Books for adults
- Residential School/Project of the Heart | Strong Nations
- Residential Schools reading list | !ndigo
- 108 Indigenous writers to check out | CBC Books
- 15 memoirs by Indigenous writers you need to read | CBC Books
- #IndigenousReads | Government of Canada
- Indigenous Stories reading list | !ndigo
To read with your kids
- 10 books about residential schools to read with your kids | CBC Indigenous
- 17 beautiful Indigenous comic books and video games for kids | CBC Parents
- 11 books to teach kids about residential schools | Today’s Parent
- Every Sept. 30, Orange Shirt Day sends a message that Every Child Matters.
- Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake in May 2013.
- These events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
- The intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action are to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.
- Orange Shirt Day opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of residential schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of the schools and the legacy they have left behind; a discussion to create bridges for reconciliation.
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