Reflecting on Orange Shirt Day

An Indigenous elder looks pensive, holding a large feather and a medicine wheel.

In the spirit of Reconciliation, OTF continues to work to build understanding through ongoing learning, assisted by knowledge shared through Elders and Indigenous communities.

On September 30th, OTF recognizes Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This day is a time to focus on listening to the stories of survivors of residential schools and their families in an effort to build stronger, more inclusive communities.  

For the 7th year, OTF is honouring Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led initiative to raise awareness of the harmful legacy of residential schools on survivors, families and broader Indigenous communities. Now synonymous with the expression “Every Child Matters,” this day reminds us of the ongoing opportunities to address the ongoing impact of the residential school system. OTF’s commitment to Reconciliation includes learning opportunities led by Elders and other Indigenous educators to enhance understanding and build positive change.  

By learning about the rich diversity of cultures and traditions and listening to the varied experiences and stories of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people, we build relationships and enhance our own understanding of the steps toward reconciliation. 

We encourage all to take advantage of the opportunities presented on September 30th to wear orange and be present in community-based activities.  

Learn the history 

Listen to the stories  

Participate in community events