Orange Shirt day on September 30, started by survivor Phyllis Webstad, is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the continuing impacts and history of residential schools in Canada. September 30th was traditionally the day when indigenous kids were picked up from their homes and taken to residential school.
The Anglican Church of Canada was involved in running a number of schools across Canada, with three in our province. The last residential school closed in 1996, with a national truth and reconciliation commission eventually recommending 94 calls to action as a result of their painful legacy.
To mark this now federal holiday, there are a number of local activities for us to take part in- hosted by indigenous people.
Please consider attending one of the events being hosted around our city and neighbourhood, with more information here:
May everyday be a chance to take a deeper step into reconciliation together with everyone we meet.
these lands upon which we worship as the ancestral, cultural, traditional and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people from time immemorial.