Posted on Sep 30, 2021
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.  The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. 
Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.  "Orange Shirt Day" is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which 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.  On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.

Our September 30 2021 weekly meeting focused on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Reciting a Land Acknowledgement and a "Rotary Minute" on the reason for this special day.
Many members chose to also wear an orange shirt!