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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Community

Saskatoon Health Region demonstrated their commitment to reconciliation on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 by wearing orange t-shirts, in recognition of Orange Shirt Day, which is inspired by the movement that Every Child Matters.

"This important gesture brought us together in the spirit of reconciliation and demonstrates our collective commitment to building meaningful change within our health care system," said Sharon Clarke, a Residential School Survivor and member of Saskatoon's Truth and Reconciliation Committee.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, British Columbia designed to memorialize the residential school experience, witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families and commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

"As we move forward in our Commitment to Reconciliation, it is critical that we reinforce the resilient spirit and incorporate cultural responsiveness into the way our health care system operates," says Clarke.

A number of health region employees further joined communities across Saskatoon to participate in the city wide day of recognition and awareness though events such as neighbourhood walks, a pancake breakfast and interactive educational activities.

"This is what Reconciliation looks like in action," says Kari Wuttunee, Interim Manager, Building Health Equity, Saskatoon Health Region and member of Saskatoon's Truth and Reconciliation Committee. "It's important that we continue to support each other in our learning journey and participate in a collective act of reconciliation."

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Last Modified: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 |
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