Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Thursday, September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The federal statutory holiday coincides with Orange Shirt Day, recognized since 2013 as a way to acknowledge and educate Canadians on the ongoing impacts of Indian Residential Schools on Indigenous communities. September has historically been a painful month because it is the time when children were separated from their loved ones when they went back to residential school.

Harper Grey will be closed tomorrow for a day of reflection and we strongly encourage our firm members, clients and other members of our community to use this opportunity to learn, listen and recognize our country’s tragic history with Indian Residential Schools, and the ongoing trauma that continues to impact Indigenous peoples.

The shirt selected and worn by (many) firm members and their families in the video, was designed by Haida Gwaii artist, Shoshannah Greene. A portion of the shirt sale proceeds go directly to the artist and another portion is provided to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. For more information and to donate click here.

To read more about the history of Orange Shirt Day click here.