“The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.” (Orange Shirt Day website)
Each year, September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. It is an important day to acknowledge and honour the generational and inter-generational survivors of residential schools and those who did not make it home. It is encouraged to wear an orange shirt as a way to remember the story of Phyllis Webstad, whose orange shirt was taken away from her when she was sent to a residential school at age six. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
At St. Jean’s, we take pride in our status as a majority Indigenous-owned company with five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. We’re committed to shining a light on Indigenous challenges and achievements. This commitment aligns with our core Indigenous principles:
hišukʔiš c̓awaak – everything is one
Uu-a-thluk – taking care of
Iisaak – a greater respect with caring
We appreciate your dive into a deeper understanding and will consistently encourage you to take time to explore and engage with the rich history and culture of Indigenous communities across this Country. Together, let’s continue the pursuit of truth, reconciliation, action, justice, and a brighter future.