September 30th marks the first national Truth and Reconciliation Day. September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led day to honor the survivors of residential schools and their families, and remember those who did not make it home. Today we reflect and listen to the voices of those who have been impacted by the residential school system and recognize that this is not just a historical issue but a current issue as well. Today and every day, we are here to listen to the youth and families we serve to ensure we are providing services that reflect our commitment to reconciliation.
If you are looking for resources to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation, consider the following (thank you to MLA Rob Fleming for these resources).
- Learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action here: https://nctr.ca/
- Learn more about the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory we live and the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations here: https://www.songheesnation.ca/and https://www.esquimaltnation.ca/
- Some events happening in Victoria this week: https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation-events-in-greater-victoria-1.24360391
- Learn more about Victoria Orange Shirt Day: www.victoriaorangeshirtday.com
Our main office will be closed on September 30th for National Truth and Reconciliation Day. If you require services, please contact our emergency shelter at 250-386-8282.