National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)
Join The Blue Mountains Public Library and our local communities as we come together in a spirit of reconciliation. The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th (now The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of the Residential School System. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.
The Blue Mountains Public Library has created a take-home kit for our patrons. It includes a Calls to Action booklet (from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation), a book list featuring Indigenous authors, and a sticker from an Indigenous artist (purchased from an Indigenous store). Stop by L.E. Shore Library or Craigleith Heritage Depot to pick up a kit.
Read the Calls to Action. Have the conversation at home. Borrow or buy a book by an Indigenous author. Shop Indigenous. Support Indigenous. Listen. Be an ally. Donate if you can.
Please remember that Truth and Reconciliation does not just take place on one day, it is something we must work on together, every day.
Here is a list of resources:
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- Orange Shirt Society
- Woodland Cultural Centre - Save the Evidence Campaign
- National Memorial Map
Every Child Matters.