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Metrolinx commemorates National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Metrolinx observes Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30.

Sep 29, 2023

This weekend (Sept. 30), Metrolinx will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation– to reflect on the legacy and impacts of residential schools and to honour the survivors and families that have been affected.

This day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which is dedicated to acknowledging the resilience, dignity, and strength of survivors of residential schools.

Frontline Metrolinx staff will wear orange in honour of the day.

Metrolinx employees showing support for Orange Shirt Day, including President & CEO Phil Verster

Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster (back row, second from the left) showing support for the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day with members of the transit agency’s Indigenous Relations Office. (Metrolinx Photo)

Customers travelling on the network will hear station announcements and see digital signage raising awareness and commemorating this important day.

Metrolinx values it’s strong relationship with Indigenous communities, which is why all employees are required to participate in Indigenous awareness training.

Metrolinx also recently hosted a virtual event on September 26, featuring Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario who has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between peoples.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides 24-hour crisis support to Indian Residential School students and their families toll-free at 1-866-925-4419.

by Mike Winterburn Metrolinx communications senior advisor