CTA took the initiative to honor Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day, by organizing a film viewing of “Returning Home.” Truth and Reconciliation Day is an important occasion in Canada, as it serves as a reminder of the historical injustices and abuses inflicted upon Indigenous children through the residential school system.
Orange Shirt Day, which is symbolized by wearing orange shirts, originated from the story of Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day at residential school. Starting in 2013, Phyllis decided to start Orange Shirt Day to help her heal from the painful memory of having her orange shirt taken from her. This year was the 10th anniversary of Orange Shirt Day.
“Returning Home” is a meaningful choice for a film viewing as it highlights the experiences of Indigenous individuals who survived the residential school system and their journey toward healing, identity, and community reconnection.
CTA is committed to acknowledging the past and working towards a more inclusive and equitable future for Indigenous communities in Canada. Reflecting on the significance of the Every Child Matters movement is crucial in fostering awareness and empathy.