Today when you go into our branches you may notice our staff wearing orange buttons. These buttons are Continental’s way to show support for Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION?
The day honours and remembers the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families, and communities. It serves as a day of remembrance, reflection, action, and learning. Since 2013, September 30th has been known as orange shirt day. The orange shirt represents the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who had her orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school when she was just 6 years old.
We recognize our diverse client base and want to recognize and support the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation alongside the communities in which we operate. Through the amazing platform IndigenARTSY, we’re able to choose a talented artist who could provide us the buttons and who also uses every dime earned from them to help provide services for survivors of residential schools.
WHO IS THE ARTIST?
We chose to support the vendor Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada a non-profit organization whose goal is to help empower indigenous women and help them (re-)connect to their culture. Not only did they produce these beautiful buttons for us, but they also create pendants, replicas, and more. All proceeds go towards helping support their efforts in promoting awareness of the injustices faced by indigenous people across Canada. You can learn more by visiting their website passthefeather.org
HOW CAN YOU SHOW SUPPORT?
There are a variety of ways you can observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; attending an event, taking time for reflection, speak with indigenous Elders within your community, support local indigenous businesses, or read the Truth and Reconciliation report. No matter what you do you should do it in orange to help spread awareness.
It is important to remember that it is all of our responsibility to recognize the need for reconciliation not only today but every day.
By Kyle Rammler & Melissa Thomas