A day for Truth, Reconciliation, Remembrance, and Respect.
September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that coincides with Orange Shirt Day. The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities, and offers a chance for us to listen, reflect, and reconcile for a better future.
The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. At Westcor, we have encouraged our people to wear orange shirts to honour the thousands of survivors of residential schools.
We also acknowledge that another vital part of reconciliation is learning about the rich and diverse culture, voices, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people and we are using the day to continue learning about our indigenous brothers and sisters, their culture, experience, and continued challenges.
We were lucky enough to host Colby Delorme of the Imagination Group who spent valuable time with our team yesterday providing insight, education, and best practices to work respectfully with our Indigenous Communities. We learned about residential schools, the gifting practices of the First Nations and Metis, common cultural practices and their meaning, and more. It was an honour to have Colby and Imagination Group help us further our Truth and Reconciliation journey.