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September 30th the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day is recognized alongside a newly formed Day of Truth and Reconciliation from the Federal government. Friendship Centres have been on a growth trajectory since their inception and the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) is no different. As we continue to work towards the promotion and advocacy of our Urban Indigenous People in the province, a new beginning is amongst us as well. We take this time to recognize our history, the present and the future.

Aboringinal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

We are proud to unveil our new AFCS Logo today, and in the coming weeks, we will launch a new website, designed using our new branding and visual identity. This was done in collaboration with our staff, board members, and Friendship Centres. This new design includes many aspects of our history and our purpose. We remain dedicated to the work Friendship Centres do and will continue to raise the voices of our Urban Indigenous People across the province for many years to come.

About the Logo

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Orange Shirt Day

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statuatory holiday which was was created this year by the Government of Canada to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities. It was established in response to the 80th call to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

This move came shortly after the remains of children were discovered in late May by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. More remains have been found since then, and more searches are underway across the country. Originally, the report estimated that 6,000 children died while attending the schools, although many people expect the number to be much higher. Learn more about what you can do for Truth and Reconciliation.