In 2008, the Truth and Reconciliation Report was released. Call to action number 72 specifically calls upon the “federal government to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Register established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.” It is estimated that about 150,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and forced to attend residential schools Canada-wide. Last year’s discovery of the remains of 215 children in an unmarked burial site at the Kamloops Indian Residential School served as a wake-up call to many. While the number of children found across Canada is now well into the thousands, we know it has taken far too long for Canadians to listen. Recently, the passage of Bill C-5 meant that this September 30th is officially the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


To honour the survivors of residential schools and their experiences and to commemorate Orange Shirt Day, the Anti-Racism and Equity Committee (AREC) will be matching member’s donations of $10 or more to the listed organizations up to a total sum of $1000. Additionally, while quantities last, members that have made a donation will also receive an orange t-shirt printed with a logo designed by ETFO staff member, Rachel Mishenene.


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