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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The following is a discussion about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and residential schools. If you wish to speak to someone for support please contact the Residential School Survivors and Family Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419  

Friday, September 30 is our second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Many mark this day by wearing an orange t-shirt to help raise awareness of the tragic history of residential schools in Canada. You can learn more about Phyllis Webstad’s story, which inspired the Orange Shirt Day movement at this link. 

Acknowledging our shared history and the role we each play in reconciliation is important. This Friday, please take some time to honour the Survivors, their families and communities who were so profoundly and negatively affected by Canada’s residential schools.

If you’re looking for ways to honour the day:

  • In Brandon (Treaty 2 territory), there’s Truth and Reconciliation week programming at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon.
  • In Winnipeg (Treaty 1 territory), the WAG is offering special programming and all admission fees will be donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation; the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has the Metis Memories of Residential Schools exhibit which can be viewed free of charge anytime, as well as its permanent Truth and Reconciliation exhibit, which you will have to pay entry to view.
  • On TV and online, APTN is offering programming throughout the day on this important topic. You can get a free trial of APTN Lumi to watch their videos if you don’t have the channel. You can also visit Beyond 94, a CBC website that monitors progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
UFCW Local 832’s Executive Board and Leadership team.

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