September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada. This day is now a federal statutory holiday to “honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities”. In the video above you will hear our Aboriginal Programmer Celina Loyer talk about the day and the about the specific residential schools that were in St. Albert.
Orange Shirt Day is also on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is a grassroots movement to honour the children of residential schools. The day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day at residential school. The Orange Shirt has come to symbolize a culture taken away from Indigenous children. Thus, all Canadians are encouraged to wear orange on this day to bring awareness to the legacy of residential schools.
Continue to educate yourself on St. Albert’s Indian Residential School history by visiting the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website at the University of Manitoba:
St. Albert Residential School
Edmonton Indian Residential School
If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419
We have also several other blogs related to residential schools that may be informative to you, including our exhibit in our museum. For additional information you may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-459-1528:
Here are further resources for you about residential schools:
The Legacy of Hope Foundation: Since 2000, this foundation has worked with Survivors, Indigenous communities, researchers, curators, and educators to develop educational resources to increase public awareness and knowledge of the history and effects of the Residential School System and the ongoing experiences Indigenous Peoples continue to face. Our projects include mobile exhibitions, websites, applications, publications, and several bilingual curriculums, including a program called Generations Lost–The Residential School System in Canada.
Paths to Reconciliation: This reference focuses on 62 residential schools that were not recognized in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. The 139 recognized residential schools were only a beginning.
Resources for Educators
Gladys We Never Knew: This focused on a little girl that died at Kamloops Residential School when she was 12 in 1932.