Why Spiritlink supports Orange Shirt Day - Day 1

By Kristin Kozuback, Owner, Spiritlink Communication

One of the benefits to running your own business means you get to decide who you support, how, and when. 

 Orange Shirt Day Spiritlink Kristin After I heard Phyllis’ story at Reconciliation Canada events near the end of September, I bought an orange Truth and Reconciliation Commission t-shirt – then bought another to donate to an Elder.

I also participated in the historic "Walk for Reconciliation' with over 70,000 other people on Sunday, September 22nd. Leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter (Bernice), National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, local First Nations chiefs, and Tamara Vrooman - CEO of Vancity (Canada's largest credit union) gave eloquent, motivating speeches.

Traditional First Nations dancers from across the province danced, singed, and drummed... then joined the leaders and the people of all ages, races, and levels of ability to walk, dance, roll, and sing alongside many Residential School survivors and family members for miles through rainy downtown Vancouver. Walking for Reconciliation with Brian and Wenonah Justin with pictures - and memories - of her Mom and Aunties who attended Residential Schools

There were many tears, smiles, hugs and pictures shared among friends and strangers. I felt we were all there to say collectively: we know about what happened - you are safe now. We will never forget - you can be heard now. We are sorry - we will work to move forward to reconcile the past, to make new beginnings together.

In this picture, I was honoured to walk with friends of mine I met in 2001 at the Native Education College,  Brian and Wenonah Justin. Wenonah is wearing the pictures and memories of her mother (Grace Mirehouse) and her two Aunties who were forced into Residential School system as children.

The banners and spirit at the event said clearly:

Namwayut- We Are All One Reconciliation Walk

 

It was awe-inspiring... and motivating.

Learn what happened next... at Day 2...