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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Submitted By Executive on Wednesday, September 29, 2021
This year, September 30, is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, some may know it better as “Orange Shirt Day”.  The history surrounding Residential Schools is painful, and we must acknowledge and address it to move forward together on the path of reconciliation.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for all Canadians to commemorate the harm that Residential Schools have caused Indigenous families and communities, and to honour those affected by this injustice.


Regardless of where you are; at the arena for a practice or game, shooting pucks in your driveway or just at home spending time with your family, please take a moment and reflect on the painful history and ongoing legacy of Residential Schools in Canada.

Senator Murray Sinclair, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has issued this challenge to all Canadians: “My challenge to you is to read the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report and pick one that you can work on, that you understand - and make it happen. This is not a spectator sport. We need you, in order to bring reconciliation to a reality in this country.”


Below are links for more information on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

  • The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has developed a Residential School timeline.
  • The CBC has created an interactive map that allows you to see how close you live or work to a former Residential School site.
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report contains 94 Calls to Action.
  • Orange Shirt Day information and history
  • The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) provides access to education on the true history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the true history and legacy of Residential Schools.
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