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VIDEO Orange Shirt Day returns to Cambridge

The second annual Orange Shirt Day honored those who lost their lives, suffered abuse and never made it home from residential schools

The Cambridge Sculpture Garden was transformed into a place to honour those who suffered and lost their lives to the tragedy that is the residential school system. 

This is the second time Cambridge has held the event drawing members of city council, indigenous families affected by the schools and those looking to learn and pay tribute to those who are suffering. 

Powerful words from speakers sharing their experiences rang from speakers coating the entire garden and those in it in a message than cannot be forgotten. 

"This was a cultural genocide," said speaker Kellie Grace of from Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre. 

The event was not only a time to bring awareness to the legacy and impacts of the residential school system, but also an opportunity to advance reconciliation efforts in the community, said organizer Lisa Mariano. 

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