Edmonton weather: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Mainly cloudy. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 20.

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Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The federal government created the day to honour the children forced to attend government-funded residential schools. Indigenous children, forced to attend, suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Many of these children died in these schools. The recent discovery of unmarked graves near the grounds of these former schools has sparked renewed outrage over the atrocities suffered in the residential school system.

September 30 has also become known as Orange Shirt Day. On the day six-year-old Phyllis Webstad was taken from her home to attend her first day of residential school she wore a brand new orange shirt. That shirt was taken from her upon her arrival.

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I hope that you all take some time to reflect and try to put yourself into the shoes of a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle who had their child removed. Think about how it may have felt to have that child never return home and not know what happened to them.

apelech@postmedia.com

Today’s forecast

Today: Mainly cloudy. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 20. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight: Cloudy. 30 per cent chance of showers late this evening and after midnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 near midnight. Low 10.

Tomorrow: Clearing in the morning. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.

Sunrise: 7:34 a.m. MDT

Sunset: 7:14 p.m. MDT

Normals

Average High: 15 °C

Average Low: 3 °C

Yesterday

Max: 19.0 °C

Min: 2.1 °C

Total Precipitation: 0.0 mm

On This Day (1996-2019)

Highest temperature: 26.9°C in 2008

Lowest temperature: -2.7°C in 2004

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Students at Garneau School tied ribbons on the fence for Orange Shirt Day in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. National Day for Truth & Reconciliation is Sept. 30 and honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Photo by Ian Kucerak
Students at Garneau School tied ribbons on the fence for Orange Shirt Day in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. National Day for Truth & Reconciliation is Sept. 30 and honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Photo by Ian Kucerak Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia
Students at Garneau School tied ribbons on the fence for Orange Shirt Day in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. National Day for Truth & Reconciliation is Sept. 30 and honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Photo by Ian Kucerak
Students at Garneau School tied ribbons on the fence for Orange Shirt Day in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. National Day for Truth & Reconciliation is Sept. 30 and honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Photo by Ian Kucerak Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia
For some it was emotional as Enoch held a unveiling ceremony of its new monument dedicated to “survivors” of residential schools behind the Maskekosak Kiskinomatowikamik School west of Edmonton, September 29, 2021. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia
For some it was emotional as Enoch held a unveiling ceremony of its new monument dedicated to “survivors” of residential schools behind the Maskekosak Kiskinomatowikamik School west of Edmonton, September 29, 2021. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia
Childrens hand prints are embedded in the concrete as Enoch held a unveiling ceremony of its new monument dedicated to “survivors” of residential schools behind the Maskekosak Kiskinomatowikamik School west of Edmonton, September 29, 2021. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia
Childrens hand prints are embedded in the concrete as Enoch held a unveiling ceremony of its new monument dedicated to “survivors” of residential schools behind the Maskekosak Kiskinomatowikamik School west of Edmonton, September 29, 2021. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia

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