A message from PEI RCMP Commanding Officer: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day
September 29, 2022
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for us to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and find ways to provide hope for generations of children to come. We are encouraged to listen with open minds and open hearts to the stories of Residential School and Indian Day School survivors and their families, and to remember those who never returned home.
The color orange was chosen for Orange Shirt Day after Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a residential school survivor, shared her story of how her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her on her first day of residential school. To learn more about the significance of the orange shirt, please visit Orange Shirt Day.
The PEI RCMP remains committed to enriching relationships between Indigenous peoples and our employees, and delivering culturally sensitive policing services within the province.
In honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, I encourage all of you to take this as an opportunity for reflection, and to participate in a local event to learn more about Indigenous communities.
C/Supt. Derek Santosuosso
PEI RCMP Commanding Officer