National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Event name: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Date: September 30, 2022

"Whereas the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report on June 2, 2015, which included 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of Canada’s Residential Schools system, and advance the process of reconciliation; and

Whereas Call to Action 80 calls upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to honour residential school survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process; and

Whereas the September 30th, 2022, is the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; and

Whereas this day builds on the Orange Shirt Day movement – a day to honour residential school survivors and their families, and advance the process of reconciliation – which grew out of the story of one survivor, Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day at the residential school; and

Whereas members of County Council urge the Northumberland community to wear orange shirts on September 30th, in honour of the day;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved That I, Warden Robert Crate, on behalf of the County of Northumberland, hereby recognize September 30th, 2022, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day); and

Be It Further Resolved That Council direct staff to raise the Every Child Matters flag on the County’s Community Flag Pole and light the County Headquarters building in orange from September 30 until October 7, 2022 to commemorate this occasion."

Dated this 21st day of September, 2022

Robert Crate, Warden