September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today, we wear orange to remember and honor the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and all Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. 

We encourage you to not only wear orange, but to take the time to reflect on historic truths and consider individual and collective actions that we all can take, such as:  

As an Indigenous-governed organization, ICE is committed to centering Indigenous voices by showcasing the tremendous work Indigenous communities are doing. We are also committed to educating ourselves and the people we work with, since this is how we grow and find better ways to affect the change we want to see collectively.  

ICE is committed to acting on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action as they are key pieces of righting past injustices and transforming Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people. We fully support the implementation of the Calls to Action and commit to doing our part to act on them because we believe that everyone has a role to play in making them a reality. 

Today, we invite the whole ICE Community (Catalysts, mentors, supporters, partners and programs’ participants) and all Canadians in general to mindfully reflect on this day and how we all can do our part in the Truth and Reconciliation process.  

Below is a list of events happening today across the country that you can join: 

*Remember, the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.