On Thursday, September 30th, Optima Living communities gathered to honour the survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities in the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Across our social media accounts and website, we posted orange in recognition of the day that is sometimes known as Orange Shirt Day:
• Wisteria Place residents gathered to watch the TV broadcast out of Kamloops Nation. While watching the ceremonial drummers, the residents drummed along with them in a response of solidarity (see top image also).
• The Golden Sands community took time to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
• The Wild Rose community hosted their weekly poetry reading, beginning with a discussion on what Truth and Reconciliation means. This was followed by poems written by Indigenous writers.
• The Aster Gardens community handed out orange ribbons.
We stand with Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island, and Canadians from coast to coast, condemning the harmful actions of the residential school system and acknowledging the impacts that have lasted to this day.
As a company, we are committed to learning more. As individuals, we know we have much still to learn.
We Reside On Traditional Territories Of Diverse Indigenous Peoples
Optima Living operates high-quality seniors’ living communities across the lands now known as Alberta and B.C. We acknowledge that the lands where our communities stand, and that our staff and residents call home, are the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous Peoples:
• of the Cree and the Dene First Nations;
• of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Métis Nation, and the Peoples of Treaty 4, 6 and 7 territories;
• of the Stoney Nakoda and the Nakoda Sioux;
• of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations;
• and many more.
On the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and every day, we honour the Indigenous Peoples who share the land with us, and who care for it still.
This is our commitment, to keep learning, keep caring, and to keep remembering the tragedies, the Treaties, and the necessity to do the work for real Truth and Reconciliation.