Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th, Orange Shirt Day, is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the terrible history of those schools. Though the Canadian government has declared September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Ontario will not be honouring the date as a statutory holiday, which takes place for the first time ever this year after the discovery of the remains of thousands of Indigenous children on the grounds of former residential schools nationwide.

To demonstrate our commitment to the process of Reconciliation in Canada, Kensington Bellwoods Community Legal Services will continue our work, on-line and in-person and focus on building our capacity to respond to our Indigenous clients, work collaboratively with organizations in our community that serve Indigenous communities and importantly to engage in personal reflection that this day calls for from each of us.