On September 30, we honour the survivors of the residential school system and their families and mourn the children who never returned.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, or Orange Shirt Day, is also an opportunity to reflect on our health and healing mission, which is at the heart of what we do every day: Individuals, families and communities strive to achieve Miyupimaatisiiun reflective of Nishiiyuu.
Conrad Rupert’s healing song
The month of September is a sad time for former residential school survivors and their families--a time that triggers sad memories, when the children were taken away from their families and communities to the schools.
Conrad Rupert, from Chisasibi, generously shared with us a song composed by his late grandfather Joseph Rupert, which depicts a story of goose hunting.
This song aims to lessen the pain and get in touch with ancestors.
Every Child Matters
What you can do
- Observe 1 minute of silence.
- Join events taking place in your community.
- Wear something orange to show your support, such as t-shirt, hoodie or pin.
- Learn about traditional medicine and how Cree Elders burn sage to clear negative energy.
- Learn more about the history of residential schools in Canada. We've provided a list of resources below in the “Explore more” section.