September 30 Proclaimed "Day for Truth and Reconciliation"

September 30 Proclaimed “Day for Truth and Reconciliation” for Carlisle Borough

 Mayor Tim Scott has issued a proclamation observing and declaring September 30, 2021 as a Day for Truth and Reconciliation in honor and remembrance of survivors and victims of the Indian Residential School System.

The Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, originated in Canada in 2013. The holiday is designed to educate and promote awareness about the Indian Residential School System and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities. Individuals are encouraged to wear orange in honor of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad. On her first day of residential schooling at six years old, she had her new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, taken away and never returned. This year, the Canadian government designated the Day for Truth and Reconciliation a federal holiday.

When the Borough established its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it acknowledged the land upon which the Borough sits is the traditional and unceded territory of the Susquehannock and other Indigenous peoples, aiming to address the injustices they were subjected to. The Borough also acknowledges the genocide, pain, and assimilation of the Indigenous children through the Indian Residential School System.

The Borough of Carlisle recognizes the importance of bringing attention to this day of healing. “Thursday is the day to wear an orange shirt as a reminder that we must reaffirm our commitment to working towards reconciliation in our communities.”

With this proclamation, Mayor Scott asks all residents of Carlisle to observe the day as a day of learning, healing, truth and reconciliation, and acknowledging our ancestors’ contributions to the Indian Residential School System.

Read the Proclamation

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