Let’s mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and remember the children that lost their lives, survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
“In 2013, Phyllis Webstad, a Canadian residential school survivor, created the orange shirt day. Here is why.
When she was 6 years old, Phyllis Webstad was sent to a residential school in British Columbia. The orange shirt her grandmother had given her was confiscated from her suitcase upon arrival.
The orange shirt thus became a symbol of how Aboriginal children were stripped of their culture.
Between the end of the 19th century and 1996, more than 150 000 Aboriginal children were ripped from their families and sent to residential schools.”
To learn more, visit https: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html