National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Canadian government proclaimed September 30th as a new national statutory holiday, a National day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour survivors, their families, and communities. The Catholic Church has a significant role and responsibility for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. With the recent confirmations of unmarked graves, this day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the history of residential schools, grow in our understanding towards a commitment to true healing and reconciliation
We encourage everyone to wear orange shirts to show wâhkôhtowin – kinship – with Indigenous communities, especially those still struggling with the intergenerational effects of residential schools. Orange Shirt Day, as September 30th was previously known, is part of a larger movement in the country to provide opportunity to unite in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations. The movement is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in B.C. in 2013, emerging out of the account of a young girl named Phyllis Webstad who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school. www.orangeshirtday.org/aboutus.html.
“The annual Orange Shirt day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.”
Regina Event at Holy Rosary Cathedral Sept. 30th from 3 to 6pm
- Communal Prayer Service in honor of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; followed by an Indigenous led Rosary in Cree
- Time for silent prayer for those who wish
- Cultural experience and teaching through traditional Indigenous children dancing; steps towards healing and reconciliation.
Snack bags will be provided outside in the church parking lot. Please bring a lawn chair and warmer clothes as we hope to have the dancing outside in the parking lot area.
Please be advised that event will be held following all public health orders in place at the time of the event. Wearing a mask indoors is mandatory. Any changes or cancellations will be posted here.
Canadian Bishops Announce $30M National Financial Pledge to Support Healing and Reconciliation Initiatives
The Bishops of Canada, as a tangible expression of their commitment to walk with the Indigenous Peoples of this land along the pathway of hope, are making a nation-wide collective financial commitment to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors, their families, and their communities.
With a target of $30 million over up to five years, this will include initiatives in every region of the country. The commitment will be achieved at the local level, with parishes across Canada being encouraged to participate and amplify the effort. Read the news release here: CCCB $30 Million Dollar National Campaign
Truth and Reconciliation Resources
- Cowessess First Nation Community Support Services and Events
- National Indigenous History Month Resources
- Truth and Reconciliation – Ways to Educate Yourself
- Resources provided by the Archdiocese of Regina