National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Day) Campaign
The federal government announced September 30 as a new annual statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as “Orange Shirt Day”, September 30 has been commemorated since 2013, inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad.
In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Haisla Artist Nathan Wilson has created a unique design for Unifor.
This design represents the past, present and future. The main figure is an Elder who has the teachings and knowledge of the ancestors. A child within the Copper Shield is holding their hands in the same position as the Elder, this is to represent the importance of teaching and intergenerational knowledge. The x°isdun (copper shield) is not only a symbol of wealth but also a symbol of their ancestors that took the shape of their bodies.
The Every Child Matters t-shirts and lapel pins can be worn on September 30 and beyond to demonstrate your commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.