Quesnel, like many communities, is gearing up for Orange Shirt Day on Saturday.
Tony Goulet, the Executive Director of the Quesnel Tillicum Society at the Native Friendship Centre, says it will start off with a moment of silence at the Residential School Survivors Monument in Lebourdais Park at 10 o’clock.
He says they will then head to the Friendship Centre for a tea and talking circle at 10-30.
Goulet says Orange Shirt Day has made a difference…
“It is getting the dialogue out with communities and being able to let the community understand the healing process and how we can move forward, not just say oh it’s just another thing that happened, I mean it’s a whole reconciliation and with everything that has happening with reconciliation we need to hear those stories and hear those things and sort of do a self healing.”
Goulet says it is good for the community to get an understanding as well because people are trying to move on while still remembering what happed to them at residential school.
Orange Shirt Day Celebrations are also underway across the Cariboo today in schools and in Williams Lake at Boitanio Park.
They will also take place tomorrow in 100 Mile House at the Arena Ball Fields.