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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Wear Orange on September 30

Posted On Thursday September 30, 2021

The Township of Champlain recognizes September 30th, 2021, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (National Orange Shirt Day).

"The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) received Royal Assent." - Government of Canada

Municipal council members and staff are calling on residents to do the same and wear orange on Thursday, September 30 to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.

The tradition is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt removed on her first day of school at Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation. The orange shirt has become a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

SUPPORTS AVAILABLE

Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada. Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat.

To explore the rich and diverse cultures and stories of the First Nations, visit the learning journey of the Government of Canada.

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