The CN Tower will be standing with Indigenous communities this July 1st, as it lights up orange as a show of solidarity and support. The announcement comes on the heels of the devastating news that 751 unmarked graves have been discovered on the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan.
Of course, this is also mere weeks after the remains of 215 children were found at a residential school in British Columbia. As it stands right now, much of the country are questioning whether Canada Day should be celebrated at all this year. Toronto’s most iconic landmark lighting up orange on July 1st, in particular, is very significant.
— CN Tower / Tour CN (@TourCNTower) June 24, 2021
If you are able to and would like to donate in support of Indigenous communities, Instagram user and activist @lilnativeboy recently shared a useful list of organizations to check out. They include the Indian Residential School Survivor Society, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, the Orange Shirt Society, and the Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society. Of course, if you know of any other great resources, we encourage you to share them online.
The City of Toronto also lowered flags to half-mast, dimmed the Toronto Sign, and silenced social media channels on Thursday as a show of support for Indigenous communities.