Qalipu First Nations band Chief Mitchell says the day is an opportunity to create conversations and awareness.
Tomorrow is Truth and Reconciliation Day across Canada. Each year on September 30th, we honour the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. Brendan Mitchell is the Chief of the Qalipu First Nations band. He says the day started as a movement for Orange Shirt Day and Every Child Matters. Chief Mitchell says the day is an opportunity to create conversations and awareness. The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.