September 30, 2021, marked the inaugural Day for Truth and Reconciliation at St. Peter's College and across Canada. St. Peter's College operates on Treaty 6 Territory and the homeland of the Metis. As such, we remember and honor those who are no longer with us, reflecting on our roles in reconciliation.
The meaning of this day must be acknowledged; it is not another day off. Instead, it is a day to learn, reflect and honor the history of the lands in which we occupy. September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commonly known as Orange Shirt Day. The importance of recognizing this day is built upon Phyllis Webstad's story, which sparked a national resurgence of raising awareness about the impacts and truths of Indian Residential Schools.
In our reconciliation process, St. Peter's College has been working to promote information and understanding around the truth and reconciliation (TRC) process, as well as promoting indigenous ways of knowing and culture. Current measures that were recently put in place were things such as introducing several Indigenous Achievement Awards in students since 2019, promoting work by indigenous artists within the building, and our efforts to educate and show support for the TRC movement.
For the inaugural TRC day this year, St. Peter's College provided students with an orange shirt and materials to promote learning so they may show their support. Students showed their support by learning more about the movement and wearing their orange shirts for TRC day. Looking forward, St. Peter's College will continue to honor this day and highlight the importance of our individual parts in the reconciliation process.