Paving The Way For Reconciliation: FWS’ Indigenous Engagement Initiatives

September 25, 2023

  At FWS, we recognize the importance of truth and reconciliation, particularly regarding the unique experiences of Indigenous Peoples in […]

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At FWS, we recognize the importance of truth and reconciliation, particularly regarding the unique experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We firmly believe that acknowledging and addressing historical injustices is a crucial step to building a more inclusive and equitable society. As Orange Shirt Day approaches, we take this opportunity to reflect on our shared history, remember the children who never returned home from residential schools and honour the resilience of the survivors. 

 

A Day of Remembrance And Reflection 

 

Orange Shirt Day, also known as National Truth and Reconciliation Day, is a solemn occasion for us to remember and pay tribute to the children who were tragically lost in the residential school system. We acknowledge the pain and suffering endured by Indigenous children who were forcibly separated from their families, culture and identity. Their absence leaves an indelible void in our society and we honour their memory by listening, learning and taking meaningful action. 

 

Amidst the darkness of the past, we also recognize and celebrate the strength and courage of the survivors. Their brave voices have brought to light a painful chapter in our collective history, shedding much-needed understanding and compassion. Their stories inspire us to confront the truth, learn from the past and strive to build a future focused on healing and unity. 

 

Walking Together Towards Reconciliation 

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to truth and reconciliation, FWS is organizing a commemorative walk on September 29, 2023. During the commemorative walk, participants will engage in a meaningful and reflective experience. The walk will commence with a smudge and blessing ceremony, symbolizing purification and offering prayers for healing. A brief talk will also be given, highlighting the importance of Orange Shirt Day and the significance of the walk, emphasizing the need to confront the painful truths of the past. Along the way, there will be opportunities for quiet reflection as well as moments to engage in respectful dialogue and share personal insights. The walk serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to address the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system and to work toward a future of understanding and reconciliation. 

 

Orange Shirt Day serves as a reminder of our shared responsibility to address the historical injustices faced by Indigenous Peoples. Through active listening, learning and taking collective responsibility, we can contribute to the recovery process. By participating in events like the commemorative walk and advocating for justice and inclusivity, we pave the way for a more inclusive and compassionate society.  

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