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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2022

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in recognition of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation on September 30th. Deer Lodge Centre is located and provides health services on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. As part of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and improving health care experiences and services for Indigenous patients, their families and communities, it’s important that we bear witness to and honour the victims and survivors of residential schools, as well as reflect on the ongoing impact of the lived experience and shared history of residential schools on Indigenous peoples.

Why an orange shirt?

The symbol of the orange shirt was inspired by IRS survivor Phyllis Webstad.   She was sent to residential school in BC when she was just six years old. On her first day of school, she proudly wore a bright orange shirt that she had chosen herself. But when she arrived, her shirt was taken from her, never to be returned. Now, every September 30 we honour Phyllis and all Survivors by wearing an orange shirt. Orange Shirt Day provides us the opportunity to raise awareness and have honest and meaningful discussions about the intergenerational effects of the Indian residential school system.

What else can I do?

Watch online events hosted by National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  September 27 – Oct 1 there are daily educational events open to the general public for viewing on You Tube.

Read books by Indigenous Authors

Review the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Actions and commit to at least one You can also find the reports from the Truth and Reconciliation Centre

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DLC is an organization that celebrates diversity. Members of the LGBT2SQ+ community are an important part of Deer Lodge Centre. Its members include our colleagues, our residents, our clients, our patients and our families. We are proud of the contributions they – and you – make to who we are.

Respect and compassion for all, continuous improvement to care and commitment to learning are some of the ways that we are dedicated to making Deer Lodge Centre an environment that is accessible, safe and equitable for marginalized groups, including the LGBT2SQ+ community. We also recognize and celebrate the strength and important contributions that members of the LGBT2SQ+ community make to our healthcare system every day. Look for further information from the DLC Pride Team in the future as we bring forward ideas to improve inclusivity for the LGBT2SQ+ community of patients, residents, staff, and visitors at Deer Lodge Centre.

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