Why we wear an orange shirt

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.  

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, and the inter-generational impacts of residential schools.  

The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.  

Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.  

We ask and encourage members of the CNC community to:    

  • wear orange the week of September 26th and especially on September 30th to honour those impacted by residential schools.
  • take part in events at CNC and in your community.
  • learn more and understand your role in fostering truth, reconciliation, and decolonization.  

215 Orange Paper Hands

During the week of September 20th, campuses will be providing orange paper to students and employees and encouraging participants to trace and cut their own hands out of the orange paper. Responses to the questions below can be written on the orange paper hands.

The questions posed are:

  • What does Truth and Reconciliation mean to you?
  • Have you witnessed an example of Truth and Reconciliation?
  • What can you do to recognize Truth and Reconciliation?
  • How much of the First Nations history do you know?
  • Have you investigated the history? And if you haven’t, why?

Submit orange hands by September 23.  They will be displayed at the campuses during the week of September 26-30.

Truth & Reconciliation Events