National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools and their families and communities. This day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. On her first day at a residential school, Phyllis was forced to give away her orange shirt. Wearing an orange shirt on September 30 acknowledges the wrongful act of stripping away generations of Indigenous children’s culture and freedom.
On September 30, Brightspot will be taking the day away from our screens to participate in activities that increase our understanding and awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools. We invite everyone to join us in some of the following activities: