The Champlain Library is proud to join others in recognizing Thursday, September 30, as Orange Shirt Day and the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day will honour survivors, their families and communities for the loss of thousands of Indigenous children who were taken from their families and placed in residential schools. It will also ensure public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

To help commemorate this day, Champlain Library staff members will be set up outside the library on September 30 from 1 pm to 4:30 p.m., and will be wearing orange T-shirts. The library’s collection of Indigenous books will also be on display for patrons to borrow.

As September is Library Card Sign-Up month, staff will be on hand to sign up new members to the library and answer any questions people may have. A book sale will also take place offering books for all ages in English and French.

For more information on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and how it is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind, visit www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca. Visit bc-cl.ca or call 613-678-2216 for more information about the Champlain Library. Every Child Matters!