DAYS OF RECOGNITION
Photo By: Stephannie Johnson/Metroland
Orange Shirt Day - September 30
Orange Shirt Day is a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, honour them, and show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation.
Indigenous people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 Indigenous men and women served in the three wars.
Louis Riel Day - November 16
Louis Riel was a passionate Métis leader. He was a catalyst in the events that occurred making Manitoba become Canada’s fifth province and joining confederation in 1870. Louis Riel had a dream of a civilized world that embraces all cultures. This dream is celebrated by all Manitobans on Louis Riel Day.
In cooperation with Indigenous Peoples’ national organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day, a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous Peoples’ groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year.
Bear Witness Day - May 10
In December of 2007, the House of Commons passed a unanimous motion to support Jordan's Principle named after Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his home care. Jordan died in hospital at the age of five having never spent a day in his family home.