“As I put on my Orange Shirt this morning, I thought about where the work of reconciliation began. First one or two, then many, then thousands of residential school survivors brought history to light through their testimony. It is important that we remember the tremendous work they did for our people and our children.
Survivors and their descendants are part of the communities, families and Nations that the FNHA serves. Many of them are part of the FNHA family working throughout the province. As the FNHA CEO, I have the privilege to witness our people—survivors and intergenerational survivors—being Health and Wellness Champions in our rural or urban communities.
I wear orange to honour those who came forward and those who were not ready to talk about their experiences, as well as each of their family members. I wear it to recognize all those who are working to heal and reclaim the health and wellness of our peoples." – Joe Gallagher, CEO, FNHA
You can read Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's story, which inspired Orange Shirt Day, here.