National Day of Trust and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Dan

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th has historically been recognized as Orange Shirt Day. A day inspired by Residential School survivor – Phyllis Webstad.

On September 30th, people in Ontario and across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children and survivors who were taken from their communities and families and forced to attend residential schools.

Ontario is marking the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day by encouraging students and the public to learn about the legacy of the Indian residential school system and support greater understanding of the importance of working to advance meaningful reconciliation.

Understanding the tragic and painful legacy of residential schools and how it continues to impact the lives of Indigenous Peoples across the country is a vital first step toward advancing meaningful reconciliation.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Ontario is working in collaboration with Indigenous partners, survivors and affected families to ensure the respectful commemoration of this day within the province.

This year, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be a day to learn and reflect across the province. It will not be a provincial public holiday this year, however, there are many ways in which people can learn and get the information they need to foster greater understanding, both online and by participating in events and learning opportunities throughout the year.

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