Where to Buy Orange Shirts in Regina

With the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, some local businesses are making sure the public has every chance to support charities and organizations in the city.

Regina/Treaty Status Indian Services (RTSIS) sold orange jerseys at Gathering Place on Wednesday. The money raised was used to fund its programs and services for the community.

(Donovan Maess/CTV News)

RTSIS believes that wearing an orange shirt on Friday is not a trivial act.

“It’s symbolic,” Tanya Ritchotte said. “It’s about all of our roles in reconciliation and acknowledging the truth and the horrific legacy of residential schools and the impacts that we still see today.

Although the shirts may be available at major stores, Ritchotte said it is doing its best to support the local Aboriginal organization directly.

“The money goes directly into our community,” she said. “A big-box store will not give back its profits to the community in the same way that a local organization would.”

At Victoria Park, more than 200 “Every Child Matters” signs and flags were placed to raise awareness of the day. The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Network (EDIN) said the signs and flags are free for anyone who can pick them up and put them on their own lawns.

More than 200 signs and flags were placed in Victoria Park to raise awareness of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday. (Donovan Maess/CTV News)

Reconciliation Regina Executive Director Kristin Francis believes the day is meant for education and reflection.

“It’s important that people take the time to think about why we commemorate this day and why it’s so important to us,” she said. “Whether it’s on the internet and reading about residential schools or learning about Indigenous history and what led to where we are today.

EDIN also painted a crosswalk at the corner of 5th Avenue and Retallick Street orange with the phrase “Every Child Matters” across the street.

A crosswalk at the corner of 5th Avenue and Retallack Street is painted orange with the phrase “Every Child Matters.” (Donovan Maess/CTV News)

The Cowessess First Nation was selling orange shirts at various locations around town.

Other businesses around Regia have also launched awareness and fundraising campaigns for various indigenous organizations.

Fresh and sweet orange cookies baked with proceeds raised to benefit the Orange Shirt Society.

The Mackenzie Art Gallery is selling special “Every Child Matters” t-shirts. Proceeds will go to All Nations Hope and Trent University’s Science and Indigenous Cultural Knowledge program.

Richotte added that she’s seen Orange Shirt Day explode nationally.

“Before it was a handful of participants in Indigenous communities, now it’s all of Canada,” she said.

She said everyone should get involved in whatever way they can and ask questions.

“Find an elder, find someone who will share their knowledge with you. There are no silly questions. Start where you are,” she said.

For a full list of events taking place in and around Regina for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, click here.

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