Regina residents may have seen numerous people wearing orange shirts Friday around the city.
It is Orange Shirt day, an initiative to honour those with scars from residential schools and those who passed away.
Mayor Michael Fougere said this is an important initiative for the city of Regina to be involved in.
“This goes back a few years ago in 2013, with Phyllis Webstad and her experience with residential schools, and what it meant when she went to school wearing a nice, orange shirt, and it was taken away from her,” Fougere said. ‘That is symbolically an important message for everyone in Canada.”
Fougere said reconciliation is a high priority for the city.
“Reconciliation Regina, which I’m proud to say the city is apart of, is a group of 70+ organizations and groups that come together to look at the calls to action,” Fougere said. “The focus for the city of Regina is on the municipal side of that, but this is a community response to the calls to action from the truth and reconciliation commission.”
Fougere, along with many other Regina residents gathered in Victoria Park Friday morning for a special event to recognize orange shirt day.