Aboriginal people of Hope and area march down Park Street as part of Hope's Orange Shirt Day.

Residential school survivors commemorated in Orange Shirt Day

Hope residents gathered in Memorial Park to remember and recover.

Remember and recover. That represents the message of Orange Shirt Day.

“Healing is to be able to move forward and live a good life even though we’ve been severely traumatized for over 100 years,” said organizer Ross Muehlfarth, representing the Indian Residential School Survivor Society. “To acknowledge that trauma, but to move forward in a good way. To recover.”

First Nations around Hope gathered in Memorial Park and then marched through the downtown to highlight the legacy of residential schools. The group then gathered back at Memorial Park where participants shared their experiences in residential school.

Read the full report in the Oct. 6 edition of The Standard.

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