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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first time Canada formally observes a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is also known as Orange Shirt Day, which serves to raise awareness of the history and lasting impacts of the residential school system in Canada. The concept of the orange shirt originated with Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). At the age of 6, Phyllis was sent to a residential school, where her bright, new orange shirt was promptly stripped from her. You can learn more about Phyllis's story and Orange Shirt Day here. Every Child Matters.


Image description: The orange version of our Team HB6 Canada introductory poster with the words, "Today 30/09/2021 We Honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation". The poster features the Team HB6 Canada logo and images of our 5 team members superimposed over a map of Canada, along with "#teamhb6canada". It is important to note that the map in our original poster is a colonial one, with boundaries shown between provinces and territories. An interactive map of Indigenous territories on Turtle Island (North America) is linked in the section below. You can also find various decolonial maps at https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/.


To help guide our (un)learning, reflections, and action plans, Team HB6 Canada would like to recommend the following resources.


Familiarise yourself with the land

Learn about the historical and present context

Engage with Indigenous voices

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You can also engage with this topic on our Twitter thread, Instagram post, or LinkedIn post.

♡ Team HB6 Canada


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