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Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe is encouraging all Canadians to consider wearing orange this Canada Day and make the effort to learn about Canadian history.
He says we know the history, we have heard the stories, and he says more gravesites will come to light.
Gimaa Niganobe says take the time to learn about Indian Residential Schools and Indigenous history in this Canadian Nation especially if a survivor chooses to share their story.
Anishnabek Nation says the orange shirt now symbolizes how the residential school system took away the Indigenous identity of its students and opens the door to a global conversation on all aspects of residential schools.
PHOTO: The orange moon is the Blood Moon of June 11, coming on the heels of the news of the unmarked graves discovered at the former Kamloops Residential School.
The feathers represent our prayers for the safe journeys home for our children.
The various colored hearts represent the children from many indigenous nations that attended Residential Schools.
Many communities have decided to hold subdued celebrations or cancel them altogether, such as Elliot Lake which has announced it is cancelling all fireworks and the Massey Agricultural Society has delayed their fireworks until Friday out of respect for First Nations.
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