On September 12, Ontario Northland unveiled a new “Every Child Matters” paint scheme for the 1808 locomotive.
North Bay, Ontario Railway Locomotive Pays Tribute and Awareness to Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, a time for Canadians to learn and reflect on a dark chapter in the country’s history involving the now infamous residential schools, and to commemorate the victims and honor the survivors, their families and their communities, as requested by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the leaders of indigenous peoples (First Nations). The annual event is observed on September 30.
The locomotive will travel from North Bay to Moosonee over the next few weeks, Land of Northern Ontario reported on Twitter. The Almaguin News noted that it will operate in passenger and freight service.
According to the media, Ontario Northland President and CEO Corina Moore, a The age of the railway The 2017 Women in Rail winner, “emphasized that Ontario Northland is ‘rooted’ in its commitment ‘to create a better future’, and the train symbolizes that commitment. “It reminds us as individuals that we need to listen and learn with an open heart.” Additionally, the Every Child Matters engine reminds us that the way forward is about the actions we choose to take today, but must be based on what we continue to learn about the past. And that will guide us. Moore also explained that Ontario Northland is “powered by diversity, inclusion and acceptance” and that one of the company’s key values ”is to care for each other.”
Canadian Pacific participated in the first “Orange Shirt Day”, in 2021, fielding its ES44AC 8757 “Every Child Matters”, painted in a bright orange livery with unique graphics.
The Orange Shirt Society was founded by Phyllis Jack Webstad, who said she had her orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, removed on the first day of her boarding school in 1973, when she was six years. Webstad is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap), Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band).