September 30th marks the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. A time to reflect on the spirit of reconciliation, and to honor those who have been impacted by Canada’s residential school system.
We acknowledge that we work, play and live on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, where LaSalle College Vancouver stands.
It is vital to commemorate the history and ongoing impacts experienced by First Nations peoples as a crucial part of the reconciliation process. This day is also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad. a Residential School survivor who, on her first day at the St. Joseph's Mission Residential School in BC, was stripped of her clothing including a new orange shirt. Given to her by her grandmother. The orange shirts we wear today serve as a reminder: “Every Child Matters”, a way to remember the countless children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.
It is the responsibility of all to learn about the shared history of all people who live on these lands and recognize your role in the process of truth and reconciliation. On September 30th, consider some of the following means to honor the day:
As artists, creators, educators, and students, here are some meaningfully engage with this commemorative occasion:
If the weight of this history feels heavy on your heart, remember you're not alone. Reach out, communicate, and find solace in shared understanding and empathy.
Let us all pause on this day to understand and pledge our commitment to a future that genuinely embraces Truth and Reconciliation. May your day be filled with meaningful reflection, understanding, and hope.