Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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2015Orange Shirt Day

“Orange Shirt Day is gaining momentum across the country and it is encouraging to see our community come together to promote awareness of this shameful chapter of our shared history and to reconfirm a commitment to move forward together in the spirit of reconciliation,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “The orange shirts we wear today are a symbol of a symbol of solidarity and support for all Residential School survivors, and this walk remembers all of the lost children who didn't make it back to their families and communities.”

On September 30, 2015 participants walked from City Hall to the former site of the St. Joseph’s Indian Boarding School, the current location of Pope John Paul II Elementary School, where a traditional ceremony and blessing was held on the school grounds where a monument is planned for the future. A conceptual drawing of the proposed monument was also unveiled.

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