National Day for Truth & Reconciliation History
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation day (Formerly Orange Shirt Day) seeks to raise awareness about the cruelty of Indian residential schools and the hardship indigenous students faced. Schools like St. Joseph Mission received funding from the Canadian government in 1883. They proved to be a horrible experience for indigenous families. This day aims to educate and inform Canadians about the tragedies that resulted from the implementation of these schools. It aims to reaffirm survivors that their lives and stories matter. This day serves as a step toward reconciliation.
This day was established in 2013 by Esk'etemc Chief Fred Robbins, a former student of the residential schools. It is observed annually on September 30th.
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