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Police pledge 'to reflect and honour' survivors on Sept. 30

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Timmins Police senior officers. platoon officers and civilian support staff wear their orange shirts in support of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.

Ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation later this week, Timmins Police is showing its support. 

Senior administrative officers, platoon officers and civilian support staff donned their orange shirts today to publicly acknowledge the federal holiday — also known as Orange Shirt Day — on Sept. 30. 

Timmins Police said the shirts are an opportunity to publicly show "support for this important date as a gesture of healing."

This year is the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Sept. 30, people are encouraged to wear orange to honour residential school survivors, their families and those who never made it home.

Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis Webstad's story. Webstad was six years old when she arrived at a residential school and had her orange shirt taken away.

"Each year on the federally recognized National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Timmins Police Service pledges to reflect and honour the survivors, their families, and the communities affected by the legacy of Indian Residential School policies," said the organization in a statement.