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 25th 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 the roles you can play as individuals, and as CNC employees, in fostering truth, reconciliation and decolonization throughout the year. 

The bookstore will be selling orange shirts.

Truth & Reconciliation Events