September 30, 2022 - Today is the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day of significance honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families, and their communities.
It is important that we take today to 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 Canada’s shameful history and recognize the harmful impacts of colonialism over generations, past and present.
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.