September 3 | 8:00 am – September 30 | 11:59 pm
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, established in 2013, came out of the experience of six year old Phyllis Webstad, as her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her on her first day of residential school. It is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC. to focus attention on creating meaningful discussion. Why many refer to it as Orange Shirt Day.
Chilliwack City government will be observing this federal holiday on September 30th, like many others. Their efforts to focus understanding on this part of Canadian history includes its Vedder Road roundabout. The traffic roundabout includes indigenous art, by artist Bonny Graham, with emphasizing orange lighting. The Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe and Stó:lō Nation worked with the city to create ‘United’. The words; Ey kwesé é mi in Halq’eméylem meaning “It’s good that you are here – welcome.” are shown.
Celebrate Orange Shirt Day with a Outdoor Trip to Chilliwack just after sunset for the full effect.