Canadian Pacific Railway Launches Commemorative Locomotive for Truth and Reconciliation Day

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Jacob Hoffer, 13, suggested the special paint scheme for Canadian Pacific Railway locomotives to mark National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Canadian Pacific)

CALGARY, Alberta – Canadian Pacific Railway unveiled a locomotive to commemorate Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, which will be celebrated on September 30.

The CP ES44AC n ° 8757 was painted in an orange livery which bears the motto “Every Child Matters”.

The holiday honors lost children and residential school survivors, their families and communities, and coincides with Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led day of remembrance.

“The orange locomotive is a symbol of CP’s commitment and willingness to participate in the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal Canadians,” said Jérôme Beauchamp, President of the Orange Shirt Society. “This is exciting and gives CP, as a company, the opportunity to learn more and continue to deliver on its commitment to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians.” We at the Orange Shirt Society are thrilled to partner with CP and would love to help CP along its journey.

Orange locomotive
CP will put the special locomotive into service on Thursday, which is National Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Canadian Pacific)

CP will put the locomotive into service on September 30.

The special livery was offered by Jacob Hoffer, a 13-year-old native, who over the summer wrote to the railroad asking them to paint a locomotive orange. Jacob and his mother, Darcy, participated in the unveiling of the locomotive at CP headquarters in Calgary on Monday.

“The locomotive will educate all of us who see it continuing on the path of learning about Indigenous peoples and their rich history and culture,” CP said in a statement.

The Government of Canada affirms that “public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and continuing impacts of residential schools is an essential part of the reconciliation process.

There were 140 federally operated Indian residential schools operating in Canada between 1831 and 1998. Earlier this year, more than 750 anonymous graves were found at a former residential school site in Saskatchewan, and the remains of 215 children have been found. found on the Kamloops site. Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

Orange Shirt Day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who arrived on the first day of school wearing a new orange shirt. . The shirt was taken from him and became a symbol of the abandonment of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.


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