Timmins Orange Shirt Day walk
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:43AM EDT
TIMMINS – In Timmins, the Native Friendship Centre held its 'Orange Shirt Day' walk.
Members of the Indigenous community, including survivors of the residential school system, attended the event and wore shirts with 'Every Child Matters' written on them.
Organizers and attendees say the walk is also an opportunity to talk with one another and have a healing experience.
"We talk about intergenerational trauma… there are some other tragedies or experiences that the generations after have gone through because of residential schools. So it's important to be able to understand, hear the stories, know the history and then be able to heal as a nation," said Kristin Murray, Misiway Milopemahtesewin Community Health Centre.
A participant in the walk said they "see it as that we are strong, resilient people. We don't give up. We fight for our rights, and we fight for what we think is right. Yeah, I think I'm proud to be native. I mean, I think that we are very strong for everything that we've been through."
Members of city council also showed their support by wearing orange shirts throughout the day.