September 30th is proclaimed as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, formerly Orange Shirt Day. The importance of recognizing this day is built upon Phyllis Webstad’s story and her traumatic experience as a six-year-old child, wearing her orange shirt on her first day in residential school. Her story sparked a national resurgence of raising awareness about the impacts and truths of Indian Residential Schools.
At the First Nations University of Canada, we remember and honour the young spirits who didn’t make it home. We recognize the Elders and generations, past and present, who have shared their stories with us. We are resilient people, and it’s our strength that continues to carry us forward.
“The legacy and impact of Indian Residential Schools has not been taught widely and so education is key to understanding,” – Dr. Bob Kayseas
Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, FNUniv President, shares her message on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Jason Bird, Faculty and Program Coordinator for Indigenous Business & Public Administration voiced his thoughts about the day.
Elder Margaret Reynolds, a residential school survivor and a member of the FNUniv Board of Governors and kêhtê-ayak (Elders) Council.
Solomon Ratt, Associate Professor, Indigenous Languages and Residential School Survivor
kinanāskomitin to Solomon Ratt, for his Cree translation of Every Child Matters and for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which can be viewed on the Cree Literacy website.
tâpwêwin mîna wâhkôwîcihiwêwin kîsikâw misiwêskamik kânatahk
ᑖᐻᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ ᐚᐦᑰᐑᒋᐦᐃᐍᐏᐣ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᒥᓯᐍᐢᑲᒥᐠ ᑳᓇᑕᕽ
National Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30th