National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30
Truth and Reconciliation Day is Canada’s newest holiday, and will be held annually on September 30 starting in 2021. That September 30 date is also Orange Shirt Day, so named in honour of Indian Residential School survivor Phyllis Webstad, whose traumatic first day at school was marked when her “shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year-old girl.” For September 30, the federal government is encouraging “all Canadians to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.”
As we prepare for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we would like to share some ideas for family activities.
In Victoria, the public is invited to wear orange and attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony on Sept. 30 in Centennial Square from 12-2:30 p.m. Xe xe Smun eem (pronounced shat shat smun am) means sacred children in the Cowichan or Quw utsun language.
There is also a National Reconciliation Day Ride from 10 a.m. to noon. Starting and ending at Centennial Square. Capital Bike and Victoria Orange Shirt Day are hosting a bike ride in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, with stops at locations of significance to the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people where organizers will share stories about each stop’s history.
Peninsula Lacrosse Association acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we learn, work and play. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.