National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 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. For information on local events and resources please see below.

Traditional Territory Acknowledgment

The City of Langford acknowledges and honours the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, specifically Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), Lekwungen (Songhees), Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), and the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples represented by the Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tsawout, Tseycum, and Malahat Nations. We thank them for sharing this beautiful land.

Orange Shirt Day

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.

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, residents are encouraged to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools. For more information visit the Orange Shirt Society website: Phyllis’ Story (orangeshirtday.org)

Indigenous Canadian Flag

 

Native tag line“Standing together in support of each other.”

Curtis was born, raised and lived in Campbell River. His family came from the four corners of the Kwakwaka’wakw territory. Mulidzas is the traditional name handed to Curtis Wilson during a family Potlatch held in 2001. Curtis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University/College in 2002.  He had been a part of the Laichwiltach Culture Group for many years and was very adamant about learning his culture and heritage.

On September 30th, the Langford City Hall, Langford Fire Station 1, and the West Shore RCMP detachment will fly the Indigenous Canadian flag at half mast.

Curtis Wilson

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Medicine Wheel Publishing

 

 

 


Medicine-Wheel-Bookstore
The Medicine Wheel Bookstore offers a wide and authentic selection of Indigenous Books, for both adults and children, including Educational Curriculum, Orange Shirts, Gifts and more. Yeíl S’aghi (Teddy Anderson), who recently opened the bookstore, is also the founder of Medicine Wheel Publishing which has published many Indigenous authors including Phyllis Webstad and the Orange Shirt Society.

If you are looking for a book to support your journey in Truth and Reconciliation, visit the store located at 3202 B Happy Valley Road. Proceeds for every Orange Shirt sold goes back to the supporting Indigenous non-profits and reconciliation funds.

Medicine Wheel Publishing
3202B Happy Valley Rd, Langford, BC  V9C 2V8

Phone: 1-877-422-0212
Fax: 1-800-928-7154
Email: info@medicinewheelpublishing.com

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Professional Consulting

For organizations or businesses that want to seek guidance for their work in truth and reconciliation, the following resources are available in Langford and the West Shore.

Listening and Learning

As part of our ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, we have compiled a list of resources below to support the work of listening and learning. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we will continue to add to this list over time.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

National Film Board Films

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action

University of Alberta – Indigenous Canada Course

Royal Roads University – National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day