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“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 80 not only called for the establishment of a statutory holiday, but it is also an invitation to Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians to continue to reflect on the legacy and true history of residential schools. This day is set aside to honour all the children who survived residential schools as well as those that did not return. We invite everyone across the country to mark September 30 — Orange Shirt Day — by wearing orange and ‘lighting up’ our communities orange.” —Stephanie Scott, Executive Director, NCTR.” 

Visit The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website

September 30

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Government of Canada has acknowledged Call to Action #80 from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation report, by designating September 30 as The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and establishing it as a federal holiday.

We join The Six Nations of the Grand River and Oneida Nation of the Thames, in calling upon the Premier and Government of Ontario to do the same.

Events: Local

Solidarity Walk around the Avon River.

Mayor Mathieson to recognize and honour the children, families and communities impacted by residential schools in Canada by laying an orange shirt on the steps of Stratford City Hall.  READ MORE at The City of Stratford's Media Release

Moment of Silence READ MORE at The City of Stratford's Media Release

Additional activities may be scheduled at Market Square.

Sacred Fire at The Falstaff Family Centre with Winona Sands.

Ojibwe Spirit Horses at The Falstaff Family Centre. Learn their story from their caretakers Salianne & Dale Patch and meet the horses.

 

Additional activities may be scheduled at The Falstaff Family Centre.

Rez Sisters, Digital Premiere and complimentary screening
READ MORE at The Stratford Festival website

 

Orange Shirt Day kits, The Stratford Public Library READ MORE at The Stratford Public Library

2:00 to 3:00 pm:

2:00 pm:

2:15 pm:

3:00 to 6:30 pm:

3:00 to 6:30 pm:

7:00 pm:

Stratford
 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action

7:30 to 5:00 pm:

4:00 pm:

St. Mary's
 

Sacred Fire will burn at the north end of Milt Dunnell Field. READ MORE from The Town of St. Mary's Media Release

During the fire, everyone is invited to add their handprint, in paint, to a large drop cloth as a sign of cultural solidarity between Indigenous peoples and Canadian settlers.

Family Art Activity at Milt Dunnell Field

READ MORE from The Town of St. Mary's Media Release

Events: National

Presented by The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange T-Shirts

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Orange t-shirts are available for purchase from area-artist Winona Sands. In addition to the design being handmade, Sands gives a blessing to each finished item. Email howlingmoon2021@gmail.com for more information.

Sands, originally from Walpole Island and the Chippewa Nation, is a Stratford resident. In her 20’s she moved to Vancouver B.C. where she learned about Aboriginal Culture through Kla-How-Ya Aboriginal Centre including dance, visual and culinary arts.

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