National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, News (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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Sep 30, 2023 | Chad Mitchell | 352 views
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
GMHA Recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day

Each year, September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 

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.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools.

For GMHA teams playing on September 30, we encourage players to use orange tape on their sticks.