You’ll probably see a lot of orange on Friday as people from all walks of life will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day.
It’s a day when people remember what happened at residential schools, moving forward on a path of reconciliation with First Nations and Metis people.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray says the day brings hope.
“But it’s really hope for change, hope for togetherness, hope for community building,” Chief Bray said. “And hope for the future. For generations of children to come, that we’ve learned from our past mistakes. That we recognize truths that happened before us and we’re prepared to take forward steps.”
Bray says the day brings hope for change, hope for togetherness, hope for community building
“Part of the beauty of Orange Shirt day is the fact you get people from all walks of life and you get people of all ages,” Bray said. “When you put on an orange shirt, we’re all together. No one really looks different. In fact, we all look the same.”
Chief Bray says when everyone wears the same colour, everyone looks the same.
“We ordered a large number of orange shirts for all of us here at the police service,” Bray said. “We will be participating, no only in the main Orange Shirt Day walk that is happening over the lunch hour downtown. But I’m proud to be going over to Scott Collegiate and the Mamawetan Centre.”
The City of Regina also participates the annual “Orange Shirt Day”, recognized this year on September 29.
Since the spring of 2013, Orange Shirt Day has become a legacy event, based on Phyllis Webstad having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school.
The annual commemoration of this event has become an opportunity to remind Canadians of the importance of reconciliation.
“Reconciliation is a priority for the City of Regina. We are committed to fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s municipally directed Calls to Action. Participating in Orange Shirt Day activities is one way to demonstrate our commitment, with further actions underway through Reconciliation Regina,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.