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Residential Schools: SEPTEMBER 30

Learn more about Canada's "Indian Residential Schools System". Find information to start learning and also to do more in-depth research.

A 24/7 support line is available for residential school survivors and their families:
the Residential School Survivor Support Line 1-866-925-4419.

Survivors and their families can also access the services of the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.

For all Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba, this document from Shared Health Manitoba lists additional supports: Indigenous Cultural Healing Supports (last updated: November, 2020).

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September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day


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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Phyllis Webstad's story

About Orange Shirt Day

From the official Orange Shirt Day website:

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.