​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Land Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge that we are gathering here today on the Treaty Territory of the Mississaugas (mis-si-saw-ga) of the Credit First Nation, and before them, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (hau-de-no-sho-né), Huron (hue-ron), and Wendat (wēn-dat). We also acknowledge the many First Nations, Metis (mé-ti), Inuit (in-oo-it), and other global Indigenous people that now call Brampton their home. We are honoured to live, work, and enjoy this land.

September 30

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In June of 2021, the passage of Bill C-5 led to the establishment of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which addresses action number 80 from the 94 calls to action​ from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

This day seeks to understand the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities and to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families, and communities who have been affected by this injustice.​

The Story of Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. As the spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year-old girl. The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30 opens the door to the global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. Read more here.​