September 30th- Orange Shirt Day & National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Proclamation

Council did at the September 22nd Council Session, pass the following proclamation to proclaim September 30th, each year as "Orange Shirt Day- National Day for Truth & Reconciliation"

We encourage everyone to reflect and remember the tragic history that has happened to all children who fell victim to the residential school system and to avoid future atrocities such as this moving forward. 


WHEREAS the orange shirt has become a symbol of remembrance for residential school survivors; 

AND WHEREAS the symbol originated in the experience of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who shared her story of how her orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day at St. Joseph Mission Residential School in British Columbia, leaving her with feelings of worthlessness and insignificance; and

AND WHEREAS Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to residential schools at the end of September; 

AND WHEREAS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called for a National Day of Remembrance for residential school survivors; and it is recognized to honour the legacy of the Residential School Survivors, their families and communities, as well as to remember the individuals who died in the residential school system; 

AND WHEREAS Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come; 
AND WHEREAS Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to educate people and promote awareness about the Residential School System and the impact this system still has on Indigenous communities in Canada today; 

NOW THEREFORE I Warden Vernon Pitts do hereby proclaim September 30th each year as “Orange Shirt Day and the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation” in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.