September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. On this day, we remember Indigenous children who never returned to their families and communities and honour the Survivors of the residential school system. As a nation, we acknowledge this system's painful legacy and challenge ourselves to take steps toward reconciliation.
Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation occur on the same day. Orange Shirt Day promotes and emphasizes the idea that "Every Child Matters." It reminds us of the harsh legacy of the residential school system and its impact on generations of individuals, families, and communities.
Ontario Shores values respect and community. The journey towards reconciliation requires each of us to understand and respect the histories, identities, and lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples and to take meaningful actions to remove harmful systemic barriers that exclude them from being part of the larger community.
Ontario Shores is committed to growing our understanding of the work required to move towards reconciliation. We celebrate the extraordinary diversity and achievements of Indigenous Peoples and their numerous contributions to society. We acknowledge the land we are on, the land of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, covered by the Williams Treaties, including the Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomi Peoples.