National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021

In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Alberta Kinesiology Association asks that all our members respect the day and, whether at work or at home, that you deepen your understanding of the painful history of Canada’s residential schools.

On September 30th in particular, we ask that you reflect on the land where you work and live.
There were 140 federally run Indian Residential Schools which operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998. The last school closed only 23 years ago. Survivors advocated for recognition and reparations and demanded accountability for the lasting legacy of harms caused.”
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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day both take place on September 30th.   

“Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.”
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We encourage you to wear orange to raise awareness of the residential schools impacts and to honour the survivors.
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