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The Synod Office will be closed on Friday, September 30 to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

All are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to raise awareness of the individual, family and community intergenerational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters.”

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake B.C.

All proceeds from orange shirts or hoodies purchased through the University of Alberta Bookstore (pictured) go to support the First Peoples' House to fund Cultural Programming.

There are many ways to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Here are a few in the Edmonton area:
Christ Church Group Hike and Bannock, Hawrelak Park, Site #1
PWRDF Mapping the Ground We Stand On, St. Paul's, Edmonton
Orange Shirt Day Walk, Heritage Museum Centre, Wetaskiwin
Calling Our Spirits Back: Courageous Conversation and Round Dance, Boyle Street Plaza, Edmonton
(October 2) Walk to Kihciy Askiy with Lewis Cardinal, St. Paul’s United Church, Edmonton

You can also:
Check out the Indigenous Ministries Resources on the Diocese of Edmonton website;
Read the 94 calls to Action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada;
Read the 231 calls for Justice published by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls;
Use Native Land's Digital Interactive Map to identify what Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages exist on the land where you live;
Donate to Indigenous Ministries of the Edmonton diocese.