Orange Shirt Day 2023

nikiskisitotawâwak kahkithaw awâsisak êkâ kâ-kî-ohci-kîwîcik
ikwa mîna aniki kâ-kî-paspîcik.

ᓂᑭᐢᑭᓯᑐᑕᐚᐘᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ ᐁᑳ ᑳ ᑮ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑮᐑᒋᐠ
ᐃᑿ ᒦᓇ ᐊᓂᑭ ᑳ ᑮ ᐸᐢᐲᒋᐠ᙮

Remembering all those children who did not come home
and those who survived.

On this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, remembering is a good start. Indigenous language revitalization is another important step.

But let’s also remember those survivors – and their descendants – who continue to live in trauma and even homelessness in a country where they ought to be the landlords. In the words of a friend, “It’s as much about economic reconciliation as it is about acknowledging the wrongs of the past.” Here in Canada, we have a lot of work to do.

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this text, and to Dawn Marie Marchand for the image background. The audio recording – far from perfect – is my own. It’s a reminder that this is a day of action for the rest of us!

For a collection of past posts from on Orange Shirt / Truth & Reconciliation Day, click here.

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