Today, for the first time, Orange Shirt Day is being observed as a national statutory holiday in Canada. (Like a federal holiday in the US.) It’s officially called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. I wrote a little bit about my perspective on Orange Shirt day earlier this summer.
You see here a family of Americans who have had great educational options, none of which involved being forcibly taken from our homes as children. We wear our shirts today honoring those who were not even giving the choice to be raised by their parents in their own culture. We wear our orange shirts for the girl who couldn’t.
Right before vacation, I finished the handspun sweater that I started thinking of as being all the colors of my cup of Rose Red tea in the morning, but ended up being my Orange Sweater. It’s cozy to wrap myself in, and good for reminding me to remember and pray.
I hope you have a special day. It’s misty and cool here today, but we’re just happy to be together. And tomorrow, we go back to work, praying that God gives us the strength and wisdom to do our jobs humbly and rightly.
If you’d like to read more about apologies made by the Anglican Church of Canada to Indigenous peoples for their involvement in residential schools, this page is a good place to start.