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Reconciliation Wall

Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing journey

Trigger Warning – The information and material presented here may be triggering to some individuals, and may cause unpleasant feelings or thoughts. Many individuals find it helpful to discuss these feelings in a supportive and trusting environment. Please reach out to the supports most appropriate to your individual needs. 

In honour of truth and reconciliation with Aboriginal communities, we invite you to share your support by writing a short message, sharing your learnings, or uploading a photo.

September 30, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. However, Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing journey—both individually and collectively. Interior Health is committed to addressing past and present harms resulting from the residential school legacy and negative effects to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Peoples.

Upload your photo in your orange shirt and share your message to the Reconciliation Wall to show your support for truth and reconciliation. 

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Kathryn Scott

It was a hard discussion to have with my preschool and kindergarten class… Walking a fine line between scaring them and having them understand why were they were wearing orange shirts and how important it is to love it and respect all humans and their beliefs and cultures. These are some of the examples of things the children said.

Lisa Ferraro

Native People's Caravan departed from Vancouver on Sept 15th, 1974 with a large rally and send off that attracted over 200 people. They travelled along the Trans-Canada hwy, stopping in major cities for others to join. The Caravan arrived in Ottawa on Sept 29th and proceeded to Parliament Hill the morning of Sept 30th, 1974 to voice the concerns of Indigenous people.

The Caravan was not prepared from the hostile reception from police. as the peaceful protesters walked toward Parliament, they were greeted by hundreds of riot-clad officers and barricades. The peaceful, unarmed protestors were attacked by police and the Caravan was ended with protestors scrambling to retreat without a single acknowledgement from the government. This was 1974, our Canada.

IH Renal Program

The IH Renal Program is taking the time to acknowledge and extend our love and support to the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples affected by residential schools. In humility we remember the actions of the authorities in the loss of language, culture, spiritual beliefs, and children who were taken away. We strive to bring awareness and reconciliation within the Interior and across Canada.

Tracy, Natalie, Shirlie

September 30th - Aboriginal HR at KGH

Gloria Horne

My heart is broken for the families that were torn apart, for the mothers, fathers, siblings, aunties, uncles and grandparents that had their children taken never to return. The ones that did return returned different, sad, broken, silent, angry and never the same. I am sad, we 'thought' knew better and destroyed so many lives in the name of 'knowing better'. I commit to change my views of my indigenous brothers and sisters. I will show more love, more compassion, more patience, more empathy knowing that the pain in their eyes is entrenched in their DNA, it comes from much suffering, trauma and loss and will take generations of love, kindness and compassion to replace this. Much love and peace on this emotional day.

Melissa Sharp

From Golden and District hospital-we recognise the need for truth, trust and respect. Today we all vow to remember every child, not just today, but everyday. It's with deep hearts we acknowledge the wrongs that have happened and hope for each family to find some peace in there grieving process through reconciliation

Hillside Centre

Staff at Hillside have been wearing orange shirts every Wednesday since July to promote awareness of the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities.


I recognize that this day isn't enough to recognize the tragedy that was done to the indigenous peoples of this nation. I'm sorry that I haven't done more in my life to fight for indigenous rights. What is being asked for, pales in comparison to what has been done for centuries.

Gin Bowman

I am grateful to live work and play on the traditional Sylix territory. Reconciliation does not mean to forget but rather to always remember the terrible truth of the past and commit to a new path forward. One that honours the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada.

Amy Gorr

I acknowledge that the only way to Truth and Reconciliation is through tangible actions. Our Indigenous Peoples deserve representation everywhere. I am honoured to learn of their cultural practices and humbled by their strengths and unity. It is time for healing in the deepest sense of the word.

Megan Kavanagh

I listened to Musqueam Elder Doris Fox speak yesterday about truth telling and the importance of "listening with everything". Such a good reminder when continuing to learn about the brutal legacy of Canada’s residential schools.

Joanna Harrison

I pledge to bring the meaning of truth and reconciliation to life. To honor and respect all.

Workplace Health and Safety Human Resourses

Our team showing our support for Truth and Reconciliation Week at our team meetings.

Shari McKeown

I'm grateful for the opportunity to take part in National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and to support my team in taking time to reflect and recognize the harmful impact of residential schools in Canada. I am committed to continuing to learn and take part in reconciliation and to contribute to the elimination of racism and discrimination in healthcare.

Alexandra Ewashen

I acknowledge the grievous wrongs that were done to Indigenous peoples and continue to occur as well as the impact this has had on generations of people. I commit to learning more about their experiences.

Natasha Nel

Accounts Receivable Safety Huddle - a conversation about Reconciliation

Tasha Kanigan

As a settler of this area I am continuously reflective of my historical awareness- the fact that my immigrant ancestors settled on the lands of the Sinixt peoples and how they likely were not even aware of this. My communities' apology to the Sinixt peoples came 100 years later upon that acknowledgement. That doesn't make any of the history ok, knowing that the Sinixt peoples had to then continue downstream down the columbia and were eventually declared extinct from Canada is not ok. Finally in the last year there has been a ruling to acknowledge the continued presence of these first peoples on this land. My role in reconciliation is continued self-reflection, education and sharing knowledge of these injustices with my children and family and those around me to one day support a space and place where there is justice for all and where no person experiences or feels disadvantaged because of their culture, beliefs, or race.

Beth Blew

Truth is necessary for reconciliation to begin. As a settler and guest on this land, the first step towards reconciliation is listening to the truths Indigenous Peoples are sharing. Listening with a humble and open heart is essential. Each person is responsible for their own education and growth. We have much to learn on our journeys.

Kristy Burkey

I support this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as I reflect on the immense harms done to Indigenous people in Canada. I commit to talking to my kids about this history and keeping the conversation alive within my family as we mourn with survivors and their families and also to support efforts towards healing, reconciliation and justice.

Hillside Centre

Staff at Hillside have been wearing orange shirts every Wednesday since July to promote awareness of the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities.

Caitlin Chadwick

Gateby Care Centre - Showing our support of Orange Shirt Day and Truth and Reconciliation.

Natasha Nel

Accounts Receivable Safety Huddle - a conversation about Reconciliation.

Aisha Sinclair

It is with humility and gratitude that I support truth and reconciliation. I wear my orange shirt to remember and honour the children and families who endured the residential school system. With respect, I to commit to a lifelong learning journey that supports cultural safety and healing.

Angela Migliari de Carvalho

CMH Orange T-shirt 2020. Support Service/food service team. Amazing team getting together to Honor Truth and reconciliation.

Tracy Mooney

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to honor, with respect and humility, the experiences that children, families, and communities endured as a result of the residential school system. I will continue on my own learning journey, engage in conversation, and advocate for truth telling, and reconciliation both personally and professionally. I am grateful that September 30th is being recognized as a day of reflection, remembering, and honoring, and my heart and prayers go out to the children, survivors, their families & advocates, and communities affected by the ongoing legacy of residential schools. I also acknowledge that the learning and commitment to truth and reconciliation must continue beyond September 30th.

Katie Erickson

Honoring National Day of Truth & Reconciliation at South Hills by engaging staff & clients in meaningful dialogue about Why We Wear Orange and taking the Pledge dedicating our work to engage in Cultural Safety and Humility.

Nicole Jankowiak

On behalf of the Employee Experience, Recruitment and Leadership and Organization Development team, we are honored to support and create awareness of National Truth and Reconciliation Day/Orange Shirt Day.

Maria D’Vaz

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Indigenous families who have experienced any kind of racism, be it verbal or physical, present or past, whether a family member or themselves. I am from an ethnic minority and have experienced some racism in my life but not to the extent that many indigenous people have. My prayer is for healing and change that one day we can all accept each other's differences, whether it be the colour of our skin or the beliefs we have, and that we may have love for one another with all of our differences.

Diane Lingren

Kel FW

I am humbly joining my other fellow Canadians to support the reconciliation and truth telling of what really happened in these Residential Schools. That survivors have endured so much pain and trauma that I feel unable to comprehend, having lived a life with so little of the same.

Linda Csati

So glad for you, that that this day is recognized with the Aboriginal communities. Looking forward to events on September 30th to join in and learn more about the culture.

Michelle Walker

Orange Shirt Day at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks.

Krista Chisholm

Understanding the history of Canada and the First Nations is integral to reconciliation. I wear an orange shirt as a visual symbol that I support learning, growing and becoming more aware of the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.

Dorte Kargut

I am sorry you had to go through this. I wish it didn't happen. I promise to keep on learning more about Canada's history with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, I promise to teach my kids and others about it. I will continue to support you in your healing and fight everyday racism. My hope is for a much brighter future for all. My heart goes out to you and your families.

Leanne Resch

For the survivors of this dreadful event, may you find some comfort knowing the world finally acknowledges your indignity and suffering. For the ones that were lost, may you find your way home.

Colleen Van Loon

My mom, my brothers and myself would not be here today had my Kookum not survived her residential school outside of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I will never understand what she had to endure but I will certainly never forget. My heart and prayers go out to all survivors and their families forever.
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