National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is being recognized as a statutory holiday in B.C. for the first time this year. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, the day of recognition is based on a grassroots campaign founded by Phyllis Webstad, whose orange shirt was taken from her on her first day at St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake. September 30 is a day to honour residential school survivors, acknowledge the damage caused by the residential school system, open up the dialogue about reconciliation and to celebrate Indigenous culture.
After careful consideration and consultation with our community members, Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc has made the decision not to host a public event this September 30. This decision was made to create a safe and intimate space for our band members directly impacted by the legacy of Residential schools. Our primary goal is to honor their experiences, provide support, and foster healing within our community.
While we understand the significance of sharing this day with the broader public, we believe that this more focused approach will allow us to better address the unique needs and sensitivities of Residential School Survivors and Day Scholars. We remain committed to the ongoing process of truth and reconciliation and will continue to engage in meaningful dialogue and education with the public throughout the year.
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc appreciates the understanding and support of the public as we make this important shift in our approach to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We believe that by prioritizing the needs of Survivors and Day Scholars, we can contribute to a more meaningful and healing experience for our community.
We thank you for the continued support and we wish everyone the best in their personal journey towards reconciliation.