I asked my kid (6) if she knew why she was wearing an orange shirt today.
"Because it's orange shirt day!"
"Well... Ok, we should talk about this. Give me a minute."

Sharing what I said in hopes that folks can share how they approach talking about reconciliation w/ kids (thread)
2/I told her we wear orange to honour Indigenous people. I told her there have been Indigenous people here for a long, long time and that Europeans came and took their land and told them they could only use a small part of it.
3/I told her that the settlers took the Indigenous peoples' babies and sent them to schools where they were cruel to them. I told her the last one of these schools closed when I was her age.
4/Finally, I told her that her great-grandmother was Indigenous, that her name was Louisa, and that she was from a place in Labrador called White Bear River. Then I asked her what she thinks should be done to make it right.
5/She said, "say sorry and ask them what they need? Then listen and do that?" (This is how we repair harm in our family)
I feel like this went ok for the first of what will probably be many conversations. Would love to hear how other folks are handling this.

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