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Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

At the CLRA, our mission revolves around building – not just structures, but relationships and communities as well. Today, as we recognize Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we want to emphasize the importance of building bridges of understanding and compassion with our Indigenous neighbours.

The legacy of residential schools is a deep scar in Canada’s history. These institutions, which aimed to assimilate, have left a lasting impact on generations of Indigenous families. On this day, we wear orange in recognition of Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school, and all the other children who were stripped of their identities, culture, and sometimes, their lives.

As an integral part of Alberta’s economy and community, the construction industry has a pivotal role to play in the reconciliation process. We have the tools, resources and the collective will to contribute positively. By acknowledging the past and understanding its implications, we forge partnerships with Indigenous communities that are based on respect, trust and mutual growth.

Today, and every day, let’s remember and reflect. Let’s be reminded that every child matters, every community matters, and every act of reconciliation, no matter how small, can pave the way for a brighter, unified future. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, recognizing the strength, resilience and richness of their cultures and histories.

Visit the Orange Shirt Day website for more information.

every child matters