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October 3, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered October 3, 2017

Mr. Speaker, since 2013, September 30th has been marked as Orange Shirt Day, a day for all Canadians to remember the survivors of the residential school system.

Organizers chose an orange shirt as the symbol for that day based on a story told by Phyllis Jack Webstat, a survivor of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake, BC. In her story, Ms. Webstat tells of having the shiny, new orange shirt her grandmother had given to her being taken away on her first day at residential school.

August 26, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Good morning.  Bienvenue à Yellowknife.  Welcome to Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories.  Welcome to Canada’s energy storehouse.

It is my pleasure to see you all here today and I would like to recognize Minister Joe Oliver and my colleagues from the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly.