September 30, 2021 - Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - a day to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families, and their communities. It is important that we, as Canadians, take a moment and reflect on the painful parts of our history and acknowledge the injustice endured by Indigenous peoples. It is even more important that we learn from these tragic events by educating ourselves and having conversations to help ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
Today is also Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots event that recognizes the children who survived the residential school system and remembers those who did not. The orange shirt has become a symbol to remember all the children taken from their families. At IIROC, we honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by wearing orange and reflecting on the past, present and future of our Indigenous peoples of Canada.