NHNSA recognizes the importance of Truth and Reconciliation Day today, Saturday, September 30. And we pay tribute to residential school survivors, their families and communities while remembering with sorrow those who were lost.
September 30 is also deemed Orange Shirt Day, which the educational sector and others will recognize. Orange Shirt Day was created to remember and honour the children who were taken from their loving families and who never came home from residential schools, raising awareness about the significance attached to honouring survivors, families and indigenous communities and the importance of acknowledging the magnitude of the impact of these horrific experiences and losses.
We all can play an important part, individuals, organizations and communities, in acknowledging the truth about this dark part of our nation’s history as well as working towards more understanding and respect and fulfilling our commitment to continuously learn and grow. This will be the path to genuine reconciliation.