Statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

In the spirit of our commitment to Reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, the AWL wishes to acknowledge and commemorate The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honours the First Nations, Inuit and Metis children lost in residential schools, as well as Survivors of residential schools and their families and communities. The AWL also wishes to acknowledge and support Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day signifies the time of year when Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to Residential Schools, and is inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad, who, at six years old, was stripped of her favorite orange shirt on her first day of residential schooling. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and foster meaningful discussion about the tragic effects of Residential Schools and to honour Survivors.

For more about Orange Shirt Day, please see: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/