September 30: Truth & Reconciliation Day

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On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the LBMAO, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the horrible treatment of indigenous children who attended the residential school system in Canada. Our thoughts are with the survivors and their families on this special day of remembrance.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

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