Truth and Reconciliation
Truth & Reconciliation
Sept. 26-30 is Truth and Reconciliation Week. This week is recognized throughout the lands now known as Canada to further acknowledge the truths of our shared history. Specifically, First Nation, Métis and Inuit people were and continue to be impacted by institutional and structural racism. Residential School, a tool of assimilation and genocide, was a most devastating structure.
The federal government ran 140 Residential Schools for Indigenous children between 1831 and 1998. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established in 2008 in response to requests for recognition and accountability for the harms caused by residential schools.
The TRC released its final report, outlining 94 calls to action. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation addresses Call to Action 80. This includes a call for a federal statutory day of commemoration.
National Truth and Reconciliation Day Orange Shirt Day - September 30th
Sept. 30 is Orange Shirt Day that commemorates the survivors and lost children of residential schools. School communities are invited and encouraged to wear an orange shirt, make an orange shirt pin, or participate in a remembrance activity to bring further awareness to the history and legacies of the residential school system. It originates from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. In 1973, Phyllis arrived to her first day of school wearing a new orange shirt which ended up being taken from her. The orange shirt is now a symbol of the devastating loss that came from the residential school system.
As we mourn the children who lives were taken, remember the survivors, and acknowledge the legacy of these schools, our schools will be lowering the Canadian flag on Sept. 30. We remember the First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school victims, survivors and lost children.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on the Government of Canada website at:
Spirit Bear: Child Friendly Version of T&C Calls to Action
FNMIEAO (First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario)
The Whole Truth About Residential Schools: Then and Now ~ Webinar Series
Take Action for Reconciliation Scholastic Education Magazine-Style Books
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
What does reconciliation mean? - CBC Kids News
Indigenous change-makers share a message for kids on Orange Shirt Day - CBC Kids News