National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada is September 30th
September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
It’s called the National day for Truth and Reconciliation. Every September 30th, Canadians will recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools in this country. We will take a moment to recall the injustice done to the tens of thousands of Indigenous children who were forced to attend these schools. Schools that indoctrinated them and stripped them of their culture and spiritual beliefs.
The uncovering of mass graves over this last year sparked an outcry from the country and reverberated in the hearts of several Canadians. The movement of hearts sparked a call for action.
In 2015, the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada) issued the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.” This document contained 94 calls to action in response to the injustices faced by First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nations.
The 80th call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was to establish a holiday where Canada “honours survivors, their families and communities and ensures that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
What should you do on this day?
Several people have questions about how they can observe this day and show their support of first nations communities as they work towards truth and reconciliation.
The day should be, first and foremost, met with a solemn moment of quiet reflection. We can all try to do some research about First Nations’ history and glean some lessons from the past. Understanding and appreciating history should help us not to repeat mistakes made in the past.
This day is also known as “Orange Shirt Day.” Canadians can wear bright orange shirts or “Every Child Matters” Shirts to show their support. Several people are also flying “Every Child Matters” Flags at their schools and residences.
We can also participate in community events. Learn about different events in your area that have to do with Truth and Reconciliation or First Nations community events and strive to participate. Participation is necessary for reconciliation to be effective.
What is FlagMart Canada Doing for Orange Shirt Day?
FlagMart Canada is proud to sell the “Every Child Matters” Flag. We have made this flag for several school boards, individuals, indigenous groups, municipalities etc. We have worked with indigenous artists to ensure that the message of truth and reconciliation is supported as much as possible.
We are working in collaboration with the Orange Shirt Society who has approved of our art for the flag. We have also announced that proceeds from the sale of the flag will be donated to an organization that supports survivors of the Indian residential school system and the mental health and wellbeing of indigenous peoples across Canada. We are currently working with a couple of organizations to organize this donation and hopefully make an impact to our First Nations brothers and sisters in Canada.
If you would like to participate, you can order your flag here!
We are also more than happy to customize orders. For queries, customizations or further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-989-0313
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