This week, Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club (CMFSC), in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, encourages all members to join us in wearing orange shirts to honour those who have survived residential schools and to commemorate those who have not. Wearing orange is symbolic of Phyllis Webstad's experience as a residential school survivor and the orange shirt is a representation of the loss of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by generations of Indigenous peoples impacted by the legacy of residential schools. Any individuals wanting to purchase shirts directly from the organization and/or make a donation can do so through the following link - https://orangeshirtday.net
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC would like to acknowledge that our club resides on core territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nations People and lies within the shared Traditional Territories of the Tseil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish and Sto’:lo Nations. We thank you Sto’:lo people for sharing this land with us.
Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Over the last year, CMFSC has connected with Inclusion Incorporated to provide Club staff and team officials with interactive workshops that included a number of topics like Indigenous history, cultural awareness, and intergenerational impacts. We will continue to seek understanding through meaningful discussion and education.
CMFSC is encouraging everyone to take time to reflect on the history of residential schools and colonial violence and to honour the lives lost, either by taking time to educate yourself or by attending one of the local events held across the province. The club acknowledges the significance of September 30th and will be supporting through the following ways:
All teams will still have access to their regular training times.
Any teams wishing to cancel their evening training will be supported.
Any individual players not attending will also be supported.
All coaches will be asked to address the day (age appropriately) and are asked to take a moment of silence prior to beginning training.
All players are encouraged to wear Orange shirts.
We are committed to continuing education for our board, staff and members on Truth and Reconciliation and supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action regarding Sports and Reconciliation.