Don’t forget to wear orange on September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and show your support and acknowledgment of the harm that Canada’s residential school system had on generations of Indigenous families and their communities. Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, is an initiative that was born out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at St. Joseph Mission residential school, during a commemoration in Williams Lake, BC in 2013. Since then, Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion going about all aspects of residential schools.
This year the Nanaimo Chamber, along with Snuneymuxw First Nation, the Nanaimo Clippers, and Salish Storm Hockey, have teamed up to support programs advancing the causes of local First Nations, such as Salish Storm Hockey. Each $25 purchase (GST inc.) provides funding for SFN youth programming, such as Salish Storm. Purchase quantities for your company or organization or buy on your own.
Shirts can be purchased and picked up at the Nanaimo Chamber Office this week:
Monday, September 26th, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Tuesday, September 27th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Wednesday: Stop by the Chamber Booth at the Business Expo: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
To purchase online click here: Every Child Matters