Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30th. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
Recognizing this day is important in the process of reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived residential schools and remembers those who did not. Information on the origin of this day can be found at www.orangeshirtday.org.
On September 30th, we encourage all parishioners to wear orange to raise awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools, to honour Survivors and to promote relationships of friendship and deep respect.
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Canada.ca
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Teaching History & Reconciliation (downiewenjack.ca)
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – NCTR
- Diocese of London Truth and Reconciliation
Parishioners can also be encouraged to make a donation to the diocesan Truth and Reconciliation Fund. Please see Bishop Fabbro’s letter distributed to parishes on July 5th.
To make a tax-deductible donation in support of our truth and reconciliation efforts, you can do one of the following:
- Write a cheque payable to your parish indicating that it is for the “Truth and Reconciliation Fund,”
- Make an online donation through your parish website
- Use the Diocese of London’s online giving website https://dol.pllenty.com (for online donations, please select “Truth and Reconciliation Fund” from the available options or add it as a comment).