Orange graphic to represent National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day



The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Orange Shirt Day, take place today, September 30, to recognize the tragic history and impacts of residential schools. Both days are for remembrance, solemn reflection, action, and learning.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Call to Action (#80). The orange shirt relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad on her first day of residential school when her new orange shirt was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

In observation of this important day, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority will be closed to provide staff the time and opportunity to learn about Indigenous experiences and support cultural change. Out of respect and support of residential school survivors, the NPCA will not share any content on social media, other than important resources and orange banners related to and in recognition of this day.

We recognize the importance of engaging in learning activities to raise awareness and understanding of the devastating impact of Canada’s residential school system. This is a vital part of our commitment to shared stewardship of natural resources and to expand our knowledge of Indigenous culture and history in the watershed.

The NPCA encourages all residents and visitors of this watershed to continue to learn about Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous culture, peoples, treaties, art, history and traditions on an on-going basis.



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