Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is an annual day to remember the children who were sent to residential schools – both the survivors and those who perished. By wearing orange shirts, we demonstrate our commitment to improve our child welfare practices to ensure that indigenous children, youth and families are treated fairly and equitably by our agency.
We are part of a collaborative that includes local indigenous agencies and the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. This collaborative is working to develop protocols for the handling of child welfare concerns involving indigenous children in a way that is in the best interests of the children and respects their indigeneity. We expect to finalize and sign these protocols this fall.