Friday, 30 September 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This is the second annual day to commemorate the horrors committed against Indigenous People.

Sept. 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, which honours the story of Phyllis Webstad, a former residential school student who had her orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is encouraging Canadians to wear orange as an act of solidarity.


I bought us orange shirts from a First Nations company. I'm not going anywhere today, I will wear my shirt. I am overwhelmed with the talk of a new gun club out our back yard, across the wetland. My anxiety has kicked in. The OPP have recertified here for 22 years, but this will be a private gun club. More on this another day. 

Finally the pumpkin plants I'd grown from seed are blossoming. It's a bit late. They'll never amount to anything. I'll have to figure out something different for next year! In the meantime, our local farm has lots.

The orchid is doing well, four blooms now!

I submitted this to iNaturalist: Rusty Tussock MothOrgyia antiqua

I've my warm, cozy slippers on! They were a gift from my friend, Natrice.

Our furnace is on in the morning to bring up the heat. The season is changing. It was a mere 2 C. this morning. Critters are on the move. They are looking to hibernate or migrate. We're just going to hunker down. The other day I spotted Clover and her fawn. The fawn was hunkered down under the tree, sheltering from the rain. 

The trees are wearing orange. I watched as JB fetched our mail.


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Love those knitted bootees! I must get my crochet hook working again... YAM xx

Jeanie said...

I've never heard of orange shirt day, even though we're just over the border. I think the Canadians do so much more to recognize First Nations than US does for Native Americans.

RedPat said...

The weather is definitely changing. We haven't turned on the furnace yet but have pulled out the sweaters.

Tom said...

...I wish that truth was popular in the US!

Barbara R. said...

I'm glad there's a day of commemoration. Reconciliation is so hard to do. We recognize the victims, and want to offer them something, but words are hardly enough. Money? Land? Food? Housing? A very tricky subject! And we are generations removed from those who perpetrated the it is mainly for reconciliation for Blacks.

Anvilcloud said...

Darn cold. I’d wear orange, but I am home and no one would see it. Not even here because I am covered up.

Elephant's Child said...

I love that some of your trees are also celebrating Orange Shirt Day.

Patio Postcards said...

We are both dressed in our orange shirts today. Watching & listening to many stories from our local Indigenous population.

Where I use to ride, there was a gun club close at hand - let's just say I'm not a fan & I'll say no more about that.

Christine said...

Pretty trees

William Kendall said...

There were many orange shirts today.

Kay said...

We should have something like that in the U.S. I don't think the indigenous people here have been recognized enough for the pain they have suffered.

Wishing you warmth, Jenn... Have a lovely weekend.