Niawen'ko:wa to everyone who helped make this event a meaningful day for Survivors, Elders and Families.
CALLING ALL NATIONS. UNITE TO REMEMBER THE CHILDREN, UNITE TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS
First National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
A national gathering to remember Indigenous children & families affected by the Indian Residential Schools and all Indigenous child apprehension programs.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa • Opening Ceremony
Spirit Walk • Parliament Hill to Confederation Park
Presentations • Food • Performances Confederation Park
For the safety of our Elders, we will practice social distancing, masks and vaccinations recommended.
gathering and embracing the sacredness of childhood
Calling all Survivors, Grandmothers, Mothers, Aunties and Daughters
To Lead the Spirit Walk
"Orange shirts and ribbon skirts, moccasins and a feather,
women and the spirits of our ancestors, all walking together."
intertribal • all nations • unified
a public event in the name of truth and reconciliation
Heartbeats Through Our Living Drums (decolonizing a moment of silence)
September 30th • 10am - 12pm
Indigenous Women Led Walk To Confederation Park
Calling all to walk for the sacredness of childhood.
September 30th • 12pm
Ceremony • Music • Presentations
Round Dance • Art Installations
September 30th • 12pm - 5pm
Printable agenda here
we always knew they were buried there
but no one would listen; our secret kept safe from Canadians.
'Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance' initiative was birthed immediately after the discovery of the massive unmarked grave of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. Since writing this, the number of unmarked graves has risen above 1200.
We prepare now for more discoveries, the excavation of the little ones and brace ourselves for two thousand more.
These developments coincide with the federal government’s decision to establish a statutory holiday on September 30th.
This day must be preserved as a national day of awareness and remembrance.
1,245+ Indigenous children discovered buried in unmarked graves (as of June 26, 2021).
I wore my orange shirt today, but everyone just looked away.
the next time you see me, I hope you'll say
that you'll walk beside me any day.
Indigenous Child Apprehension in Canada.
Indigenous child apprehension and assimilation can be defined as carefully planned programming by church and state with the common goal of eradicating Indigenous cultures.
Indian Residential School System •
Sixties Scoop •
Aim program (adopt an indian or métis)•
Unpacking: ‘a national day of truth and reconciliation’.
September 30th has now been coined by the federal government as, ‘National Day for Truth and Reconciliation’.
We must ensure that this day remains to be a day of remembrance for Indigenous people and a day of education for Canadians and their children.
September 30th is known as Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. Orange Shirt Day is the vision of Alkali Lake Chief Fred Robbins, a survivor of residential school.
The Orange Shirt represents the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad who, on her first day at residential school, had her bright new orange shirt taken away from her. It was given to her by her grandmother, she was six years old.
September 30th has quickly become part of the curriculum in our public and separate school boards, churches and organizations. In 2020 it is estimated that over 15,000 teachers and over 600,000 students acknowledged September 30 as Orange Shirt Day.
‘A national day of truth and reconciliation’ is a term adopted from the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission was initiated as a result of a survivor court settlement and paid for with $60-million from church and state.
Every penny donated to Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance will be used to support survivors and families on September 30th and will be contributed to Phyllis's Orange Shirt Society.
Re-Imagining: ‘a national day of truth and reconciliation’.
We must push forward with preserving the awareness & educational proponents of Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day is already an established remembrance day in Indigenous communities and educational circles across the country.
Continuing on the theme of Orange Shirt Day, educators will continue to recognize and promote education and healing.
September 30th & Remembrance Day
Statutory holidays and days of reflection and education.
Canadians place high value in preserving November 11th to honour those who lost their lives for the freedoms of their children. September 30th should be no different.
As a new statutory holiday, September 30th should embrace similar respect and be clearly reflected in school curriculum and workplace activities surrounding the day. Our goal is to cultivate understanding and equality, meaningful reflection and most importantly, education that reflects the true history of our ancestors.
We propose a national vision for September 30th including but not limited to:
- National opening address and prayer on Parliament Hill,
- Teaching true history of Indian residential schools and all child apprehension programs,
- Teaching history and meaning of Orange Shirt Day and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
- Moment of silence (or cultural equivalent) across Canada at 11am,
- The wearing of Orange Shirts,
- Lowering flags to half mast across the nation,
- Creating spaces for public and private ceremony,
- Freedom to unobstructed walks and vigils,
- Creating educational spaces and events in lieu of or in addition to regular school day,
- Making spaces for public events of cultural significance across Canada.
"Orange shirts and ribbon skirts,
moccasins and a feather,
women and the spirits of our ancestors,
all walking together."
Mutually beneficial partnerships and humble donations.
We retain the determination to preserve Orange Shirt Day and intend to develop protocols that will respect September 30th as ‘a day of truth and reconciliation’.
Remember Me is intended to be an inclusive, annual day of remembrance that will meaningfully honour the dead, the survivors, the families and communities that grieve. It is also a day to show unity in our efforts to bridge the gap between Canadians and Indigenous people; it is an opportunity to embrace diversity and promote equality. Above all, it will encourage dialog, active citizenship and social responsibility in our youth.
We are hoping for mutually beneficial partnerships as well as humble donations from businesses and people that will honour the purpose of the day. With a focus on healing, we will not able to accommodate any presentations or marketing that does not serve to promote the mental and spiritual health of our families and communities.
Honoured to be working beside
the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Mme Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada on our project, "Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance'. She is truly a force for equality.
"With our eyes on the future, we are now working with the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, a non-profit organization led by Indigenous women, to support commemoration activities, awareness raising and learning event that will take place on September 30, National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Because art has this power to unite, to act on consciences, to join hearts and minds."
FORMER GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA AND FORMER SECRETARY GENERAL OF LA FRANCOPHONIE
Round Dance • Education
We know that community gatherings create strong relationships
and strong relationships create communities.
We also know that healthy communities are happier communities.
We have an opportunity to facilitate healing; to acknowedge our past and love our future.
Join us and become part of the reconciliation movement.
Respecting the land and the people
While Ottawa is home for many different Indigenous nations, we all acknowledge that we will be having this event on the unceeded and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin people.
Much effort has gone into safety, protocols and communications with the Algonquins. We are honoured to have Claudette Commanda as our Algonquin Elder for opening ceremony on Parliament Hill and Bear Fox with Jonel Beauvais representing the Haudenosaunee community.
We have reached out to Algonquins to the best of our ability; please reach back at any time. Let's align our events and create an intertribal, all nations day of unity for the sacredness of Indigenous grandmothers, mothers and children.
Every penny from the sale of awareness products will be contributed to Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance.
SPIRITUAL, MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SAFETY: To make the day a meaningful one, we will need to provide survivors and their families with mental health services as well as the public with sanitary stations, hand sanitizer, masks, tables and chairs, toilets, water.....WE NEED PARTNERS AND YOU CAN HELP.
*donations of masks/sanitizer/water can also be brought to Confederation Park on September 30th.