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Information for Orange Shirt Day & and the Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In April of 2013 Phyllis Webstad shared her story of attending the St. Joseph's Mission Residential School at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission Gathering in Kamloops, BC. She spoke of how her new orange shirt was taken from her on the first day of school and never returned. People participating in the event adopted the narrative as an analogy of the way that language, family, culture, and safety was taken from children that attended Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Out of these events and of Phyllis' story came the legacy project that become Orange Shirt Day.
We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.