TORONTO, Aug. 10,
2023 /CNW/ - Scotiabank is honoured to partner with
Phyllis Webstad and assist in
distributing her latest book, Every Child Matters, to
Indigenous schools across Canada.
The creator of Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters, Webstad is
an accomplished Northern Secwepemc author from the Stswecem'c
Xget'tem First Nation and a Residential School Survivor.
Every Child Matters is a children's book written by
Webstad and illustrated by Karlene
Harvey and tells the story of Webstad's first-hand
experience as a child in the residential school system. Through her
writing, Webstad sends the message to her readers, "Every Child
Matters" while honouring, and remembering, the history and
resiliency of Indigenous Peoples.
"I am happy to partner with Scotiabank who is sending out copies
of my Every Child Matters book to Indigenous
schools and educators," said Phyllis
Webstad. "The September 30th
Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters movement was created to be a
conversation starter; a day for everyone to have conversations on
all aspects of Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Truth & Reconciliation also needs
to happen within Indigenous families and communities, and it is my
hope that the distribution of this book within these communities
will help to facilitate some necessary conversations."
Scotiabank has purchased 2,500 books which it will gift to
Indigenous schools and educators across Turtle Island to help
everyone hear their story.
"Every Child Matters is an important story that will
contribute to greater understanding of the history and legacies of
the residential school system. We are honoured to partner with
Phyllis Webstad and help bring the
book to Indigenous children and educators across Turtle Island,"
said Meigan Terry, Senior Vice
President and Chief Sustainability, Social Impact and
Communications Officer at Scotiabank.
Every Child Matters books can be ordered directly from
Medicine Wheel Publishing. A certain number of books are also
available for classrooms of Indigenous teachers and Indigenous
support workers at no charge, by requesting through
Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
Scotiabank honours the lost lives of Indigenous children and
Survivors of the residential school system. As part of our ongoing
efforts to raise awareness about the true history of Canada's residential schools, we support
initiatives year-round that provide education about the
intergenerational trauma they caused. Scotiabank
recognizes the path towards self-determination for Indigenous
Peoples. We acknowledge and honour that from coast to coast to
coast, we are all standing on the traditional territory of the
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People.
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*Turtle Island is what some Indigenous Peoples call
North America –