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In June, the federal government passed Bill C-5 to allow for the creation of the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, on September 30th.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honors survivors, their families, and communities, and ensures the public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools. Since 2013, September 30th has been observed as Orange Shirt Day across the country – a day, created by residential school survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, on which Canadians wear orange to commemorate the Indigenous children who were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools.

Did you know?

Why Orange?

The colour orange is significant because it was the colour of Webstad’s shirt on her first day of residential school – a shirt that was taken from her once she arrived.

How is PACE getting involved?

Diversity and Inclusion is important to us. PACE Credit Union will be closing all Branches, Head Office and Contact Centre on Thursday, September 30th, to enable employees to recognize and remember the legacy of the residential schools. However, the support does not stop there. Throughout the month of September PACE will be running a month long initiative. From September 1st-30th, members can expect: 

  • To see PACE staff in Orange shirts or accent pieces to show their support
  • Members will have the opportunity to show support by signing an "All Children Matter" heart cut out, which will be displayed in PACE branches

Supporting Indigenous Owned Businesses

  • Raven Rising - Chocolates and Pastries located in Sudbury, ON. Striving to offer local and sustainable, ethical, traceable and Fair Trade organic ingredients 
  • Beam Paints - Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational love of pigment, paint, colour, and innovation. A focus on high quality pigment content creates sublime artist materials, with plastic free packaging.
  • Birch Bark Coffee- Birch Bark Coffee Co. was established in March 2018 and we are proud to offer organic, Fair Trade coffee that is SPP (The acronym of the Spanish name, Simbolo de Pequeños Productores) certified and that is grown and produced by farmers that are Indigenous descendants.  
  • Giizihigat Maple Products  - Giizihigat Maple Products is a First Nation Maple Syrup company that produces the best maple syrup in Ontario. 
  • Red Sky Candles - Beeswax candles and beeswax art themes are inspired by nature, seasonal celebrations and cross-cultural interests. 

Let's all stand strong as one Community and show our support !