Every year on September 30th, people across Canada wear orange to honour and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada. As many of you know, Indigenous Residential Schools were operated across Canada between 1831 and 1996, where survivors of these schools are alive today and attempting to find strength in family and their communites to heal. Orange Shirt Day also commits to the ongoing process of reconciliation, coming together for change as a community because every child matters!
The impact of residential schools affects every Canadian – so, what can you do to show your support and recognition? Here are some suggestions:
During the week of September13th at the Unifor 707 hall between 9am-5pm, we encourage you to come out and support reconciliation events by purchasing an orange t-shirt for $10 where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Indigenous causes that will help advance reconciliation and keep these conversations going.
This will also take place at our membership meeting on September 19, 2021 at 10am. After Sunday the remaining shirts will be made available in the Learning Centre in the Plant from Monday September 20, 2021 until all shirts have been sold. All proceeds of sales will be donated to a registered charitable organization known as The Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.
You can also donate to the cause directly through their website found here: https://www.irsss.ca/donate
Read more about Residential Schools in Canada Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report and more: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/
Constance Brown, AWOC Chair & RJA