This coming September 30th will be the very first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which is a day of commemoration that was established in response to Call to Action 80. As a day of remembrance, Call to Action 80 was not intended as a day off in our calendars — it was meant to emphasize the importance of continued reflection on the impacts of residential schools is a vital component to Reconciliation. This is a quote from the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation, as they ask all Canadians to take the time to learn and do the work that is needed towards Reconciliation.
So how will you mark September 30, also knows as National Orange Shirt Day? Here are some resources for you to check out. We hope and pray you find your way to learn the about the legacy of colonialism and residential schools — as the steps towards Reconciliation begin with the Truth.
From the Anglican Church of Canada, a service of Reflection & Prayer. From the NCTR, a week of events and resources. And Archbishop Mark McDonald, our beloved Indigenous Archbishop, has asked us to offer prayer and ceremony for the children who did not return home. Here is a link to his letter to Relatives, friends, and people of compassion – that’s us!
Why is it called “Orange Shirt Day”? Well it refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. The Orange Shirt Day organization has some wonderful information on their website.