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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Time to Take Action

By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy September 30, 2022 marks Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day all Canadians are called to commemorate and honour all Indigenous people who attended Residential Schools, especially those who did not make it home. It is a day to reflect but to also take meaningful actions in Canada’s reconciliation process. Many of us know to wear orange shirts on September 30th but do you know why? The movement was started by Phyllis Webstad, who was excited to wear her orange shirt on her first day of attendance at Residential school. It was taken away from her and was the beginning of the trauma she would face during her school years.  We wear orange to be reminded of how Residential Schools stripped the dignity, culture, and family away from Indigenous people in Canada. Residential Schools Created an Identity Struggle Until Today I have recently spent time in Saskatchewan with my extended family. Our...

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