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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day.

It is a day of remembrance for victims of the Canadian residential school system.

The symbolism of the orange shirt comes from former residential school student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, whose orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken away on her first day at residential school.

Canadians are encouraged to show their support for the survivors of the residential school system by wearing an orange shirt or other orange clothing.

Another way Canadians can engage in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is by learning more about residential schools and their legacy.

Here is a list of online resources to learn more about this federal statutory holiday and the important history behind it:

Former residential school students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services Government of Canada.

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