National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Government of Canada has proclaimed September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day will honour survivors, their families, and their communities. It will also ensure that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. All Division schools and sites will be closed for September 30.
Wear Orange on September 29
Orange Shirt Day is a time to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors and the children who never got to go home. It is observed on September 30 each year because this is the time that many Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities. For the first time ever, this date will be commemorated as a federal holiday, and therefore ECSD schools will observe Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 29.
Below you will find videos that will be shared with students and staff. We encourage all of ECSD to view and listen to these important remarks. Content and resources were provided to us by Indigenous Learning Services and the Division's Truth and Reconciliation Specialist.
ECSD Council of Elder's Video Resources
What is Orange Shirt Day?
It is through actions like the sharing of the story of Phyllis Jack Webstad, a 6-year-old girl who was stripped of her new orange shirt when she entered a residential school, that people across our nation will come to know the truth. Only then can we begin the process of reconciliation.
Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day:
- Project of Heart
- Orange Shirt Day Lesson Plans
- Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation
- Orange Shirt Day K-6 Curriculum
- Orange Shirt Day Activities (K-7)
- What can I do to contribute to meaningful reconciliation? Teaching & learning about residential schools
- Beyond 94 Teachers’ Guide