Tomorrow, September 30th, is Orange Shirt Day. It is also the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please read this statement from our Executive Director Colin Tessier:
“This year has brought to light for the masses the horrors that Indigenous communities have known for a long time. The pain and death created through residential schools can’t be quantified by language I have. A light is now shining on the dark realities of these facilities with increasing numbers of children’s gravesites being discovered across the country. It is heartbreaking.
It is also long overdue that Canada mark a national holiday dedicated to ensuring the truth of residential schools is not forgotten, and that the ongoing legacy that is embedded within our current society continues to be challenged. I hope each of you are able to find time on September 30th to reflect on the purpose behind the day. Let us all use this as a springboard to ensure continued action and advocacy toward reconciliation and justice for Indigenous people all throughout the year. Let us keep pushing to be better and do better for Indigenous youth in our community.
Threshold will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and our offices will be closed on September 30th.”