Each year on September 30, we recognise the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours residential school survivors, kids who never made it home, and their families and communities. A crucial step in the healing process is public remembrance of the tragic and painful past and ongoing effects of residential schools.

This federally recognised holiday was established through changes to the law approved by Parliament.

The Meaning Behind The Visuals

The sun (the summer solstice), which serves as the focal point of the celebrations, is at the centre of the numerous visual components used to illustrate Indigenous traditions. The artwork on the right depicts the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis as well as the four elements of nature (earth, water, fire, and air). The rainbow-colored smoke that supports the entire image serves as a reminder of both Indigenous spirituality and the diversity of all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and their inhabitants. It also serves as a symbol of inclu

Orange Shirt Day is a grassroots commemorative day organised by Indigenous people with the goal of promoting the idea that "Every Child Matters" and increasing awareness of the effects residential schools have had on individuals, families, and communities through multiple generations. The orange shirt represents the gradual erosion of Indigenous children's culture, freedom, and self-esteem through generations.

All Canadians are encouraged to wear orange on September 30 in remembrance of the numerous residential school survivors.

Source: canada.ca

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