Orange Ribbon campaign in Oshawa to honour children and families of residential schools

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Published September 24, 2021 at 10:15 am

The Every Child Matters flag will be raised at Civic Square in Oshawa today as the City of Oshawa “stands in solidarity” with indigenous people.

Oshawa has also proclaimed September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity for Oshawa residents to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.

The holiday’s purpose is to “honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

The City, in partnership with Bawaajigewan Aboriginal Community Circle, are inviting residents to join in acknowledging and honouring the Indigenous children who endured residential schools in Canada through an Orange Ribbon campaign.

There are five locations in Oshawa for residents to bring and tie orange ribbons up until October 5, to show a sign of respect to these children and their families, and to support healing in Indigenous Communities across Canada.

The Orange Ribbon locations are Columbus Community Centre in the north, Lakeview Park in the south, Delpark Homes Centre in the east, the Civic Recreation Complex in the west and Oshawa City Hall downtown.

The ribbons will be braided together by Bawaajigewan Aboriginal Community Circle and displayed at a future date.

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