September 30, 2023 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, when Canadians wear orange shirts in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to Indigenous peoples and to promote reconciliation. Because we will not be in the office and schools that day, Trustees, Division Office staff, and schools throughout the Division will choose times during the last week of September to honour the September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
The day provides an opportunity to commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families, and communities. LRSD chooses to observe September 30 as part of our ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.
The Government of Canada has created a visual for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (see accompanying image). You can read more about the meaning of each of the elements here.