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Orange Shirt Day and Truth & Reconciliation Day

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Orange Shirt Day and Truth & Reconciliation Day
by Steve Newlove - Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 6:03 PM

Dear NSMS families,

ÍY, SȻAĆEL - Good Day

We would like to thank our staff and students for their participation and support for Orange Shirt Day. Attached below is a photo of hearts from our collective North Saanich Community. Each has words, small phrases or images that express how we individually and together collectively feel about Orange Shirt Day, residential schools, and truth and reconciliation. Thank you to our Indigenous Team Kristi Timmermans and Kennedy Williams for their thoughtful leadership to envision and create this powerful display.

As we prepare for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we would like to share some ideas for family activities.

In Victoria, the public is invited to wear orange and attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony on Sept. 30 in Centennial Square from 12-2:30 p.m. Xe xe Smun eem (pronounced shat shat smun am) means sacred children in the Cowichan or Quw utsun language.

There is also a National Reconciliation Day Ride from 10 a.m. to noon. Starting and ending at Centennial Square. Capital Bike and Victoria Orange Shirt Day are hosting a bike ride in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, with stops at locations of significance to the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people where organizers will share stories about each stop’s history.

David Mark