A youth football club in Richmond is doing its part to recognize and mark today’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The Richmond Raiders – under the auspices of the Richmond Minor Football League (RMFL) – played all of their games last weekend proudly wearing two orange feathers, bows and ribbons for Every Child Matters.
“For the rest of our season, our players will proudly wear (them),” said David Silva, RMFL secretary and registrar.
“We will do our part to bring awareness and encouraging engagement while honouring all of the survivors and lost children of the residential school system.
“We ask everyone in community youth football and any sport to show that we are one community, walking a path of reconciliation together.”
To add to the significance of the day, the Raiders released a video on YouTube, featuring 14 of their players and cheerleaders who self-identify as Indigenous.