Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
This year, September 30th is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day of solemn commemoration marks another step toward the goal of righting the wrongs of residential schools. This is a day of recognition and remembrance for those who have suffered and a day to honour all the lives that were lost at residential schools. This is an opportunity for all to learn about residential schools, reconciliation, and Indigenous ways of life.
Building upon the importance of Orange Shirt Day, which also takes place on September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation does not replace this day—they are each meant to respect and honour the legacy of residential schools. As Raymond High School will be closed on September 30th we are recognizing both events on September 29th. All students and staff who wish to participate are welcome to wear an orange shirt.
For more information visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website to learn more about the legacy of residential schools.
You can read about the origin of Orange Shirt Day by visiting the official Orange Shirt Day website.