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Wear Orange on September 30

Orange Shirt DayThe Union of Health and Environment Workers is proud to support the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 and we encourage all our members to commemorate this important day. It is a solemn day that honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. A painful and tragic reminder of our history.

But it is also a day to recommit to the process of reconciliation and to support the healing of all those affected by residential schools. Many people, both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous choose to wear orange shirts on September 30. The orange shirts are a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations and wearing one is an action to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.

On September 30, we encourage all UHEW members to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools and to personally recommit to the process of reconciliation.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada has published a number of other ways that we can all mark September 30. Here are those suggestions:


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