In our bustling world, our team at Kelson Group wanted to pause and take the time to acknowledge and commemorate the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. Through a unique initiative, we are standing in solidarity with Indigenous survivors of residential schools.
Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation are both on September 30 and our staff will proudly wear custom-designed, orange T-shirts to show our support for Indigenous Peoples.
“This initiative is small, but we hope, a significant step toward understanding, empathy, and reconciliation,” said Jason Fawcett, President of Kelson Group. “Our intention is for this initiative to be a reminder to our team and our residents that we all must make space for meaningful moments of both reflecting on the past and moving forward in solidarity on the journey of reconciliation.”
We chose to work with acclaimed Indigenous artist Chris Bose of the Secwépemc and Nlaka’pamux Nation in B.C. to design the artwork for our shirts in a way that would resonate with people in a profound and respectful manner. The resulting artwork tells a story of commitment and reconciliation, sharing the need to acknowledge the painful legacy of residential schools in Canada.
The buffalo, symbolizing Alberta, and an eagle, symbolizing British Columbia, stand proudly side by side, highlighting our reach as a company across these two provinces. The teepee, a symbol deeply rooted in Indigenous culture, represents our role as a housing provider and a connection to the communities we serve.
This initiative reflects Kelson Group's mission and principles.
“Our mission is to support the communities we operate in, emphasizing our dedication to creating positive change where we work, live, and play. Our core values – fairness, accountability, caring, teamwork, and service – are also reinforced through our commitment to fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.”
As September 30th approaches, Kelson Group's staff will proudly wear their orange shirts and stand united, paving the way toward a future built on unity, empathy, and meaningful connections with Indigenous communities.