Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. In this light, on September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools.
This year, among the various visual elements illustrating Indigenous cultures, the circle is at the centre, which represents being together in spirit of reconciliation. The orange colour represents truth-telling and healing. The pathway represents the road to reconciliation. First Nations, Inuit and Métis are represented in the image.
Across the country, hundreds of local activities are taking place that commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools. For more information, please visit: canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html.