September 30th marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day also coincides with Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is an annual event that recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools and honours the survivors and their families.
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis Webstad who, at the age of six, was stripped of her new orange shirt on her first day at St. Joseph Mission residential school. All Canadians are encouraged to wear an Orange Shirt in support and to remind us all that “Every Child Matters”. It also marks a day to learn more about the historical practices of residential schools and their continued generational trauma.
This year to help honour this day, we have Indigenous beadwork artist Katie Longboat leading us in creating an Orange Shirt pin. Katie Longboat is a Toronto based Indigenous bead artist, originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. Katie is inspired to create beadwork that is reflective of her family and identity and draws inspiration from both Cree and Haudenosaunee styles of beadwork. To create your own pin, join us on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00PM.
To register for Indigenous Series: Introduction to Bead Embroidery visit: https://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=8142&EventID=473013&PK=
To learn more about Orange Shirt Day visit: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/
To learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation visit: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1631130192216/1631130220404
For more Truth and Reconciliation resources visit: https://caledon.library.on.ca/truth-reconciliation/