Today, September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Today we honour the lost children and survivors of the residential school system, their families, and their communities. We recognize that all settlers have a responsibility to learn and understand the truth of Canada’s past and the challenges that are still faced today by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, to listen to survivors, and to reflect on the meaning of, and the path towards, reconciliation.
Here are some steps that we can take today and ongoing actions for the future to create a better and more equitable country. We can all create our own personal calls to action to stand in solidarity with all generations of residential school survivors.
Learn about the history of the residential school system and listen to the stories of survivors.
Wear an orange shirt and/or display an orange shirt in your window to show solidarity and that every child matters. If you purchase a branded orange shirt, ensure that it was created by an Indigenous designer and/or that proceeds are going to an Indigenous cause or charity.
Share the history of residential schools with others; your friends, family, and community, even young people.
Learn about the contributions and successes of Indigenous people as well as the challenges that are still faced by their communities.
Speak out if you witness negative perceptions and stereotypes of Indigenous people.
Support Indigenous artists and businesses, and read books by Indigenous authors.