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Remember Orange Shirt Day September 30

September 15th, 2022

In two weeks, Canada will once again observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation also known as Orange Shirt Day on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day came about as an Indigenous-led commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational harms of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  

The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by many Indigenous children over generations in Canada.

In recognition of its importance, Canada followed Orange Shirt Day with an official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation when Canadians can use the day to reflect and honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools and their families.

See if you can find something orange in your closet to wear on September 30, whether a T-shirt or shirt, that lets others know you are observing this important day. Orange Shirts are also sold at retail stores.

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