National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


September 30, 2021

30 September, 2021



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Ornge Media

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Ornge is deeply committed to supporting truth and reconciliation.   

Meet Mariah Meawasige, the woman behind Makoose. This year, for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Mariah created the design worn by staff on orange shirts across the province.

In the video below, Mariah discusses the concept behind the design she developed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


“Good health in mind, body and spirit is a space that allows for growth. Conversations around the privilege of growth is evident in the goals of Ornge, the National Dayf or Truth and Reconciliation, and the lives of those affected by residential schools. Youth, past and present, are directly and indirectly impacted by the residential school system. This concept shares a youthful playfulness to bring that into the conversation but also as a stark reminder of its juxtaposition against it. Health is signified through a combination of the western cross symbol and a circle/four directions often used to represent wellness within traditional health.” – Mariah Meawasige

More information about Mariah and her work can be found on the Makoose wesbsite.

Staff across the province also participated, see more tweets about the day below:





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