On Sunday, September 29, members of St. Augustine’s, Edmonton wore orange to acknowledge the tragic legacy and intergenerational harm of the Residential School system. Church communities throughout the Edmonton diocese stood in solidarity with the families who suffered and do suffer, praying that “every child finds the human honour they deserve.” You can read more about Orange Shirt Day here.
The names of 2,800 children who died attending residential school, as well as those who became sick and died in a medical facility, or gravely ill children who died after being sent home, were presented publicly, on September 30, 2019, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. The creation of the National Student Memorial Register is a response to a call from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The Most Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Anglican Indigenous Archbishop issued a call to prayer for the children who didn’t return home.