Today, Orange Shirt Day, is a day to honour and mourn the children who attended residential schools in Canada.
"We recognize that the residential school system not only harmed children in the past, but that its legacy and impact continues to hurt the indigenous community today. As Canadians we must strive to do better in recognizing this suffering and promoting reconciliation. Recognizing Orange Shirt Day is one small step in that process."
Aaron Bains, President, St. George's Society of Toronto
Join us in learning more with the Universities that the Society supports:
On National Day For Truth and Reconciliation, the University will hold space to honour, reflect, and recognize Survivors of Canada’s residential school system, the Indigenous children who never returned home, their families, and their communities.
Toronto Metropolitan University
Join TMU for events on September 30 such as Orange Shirt Day Children’s Storytime & Mural Making, Orange Shirt Day Button Making, Orange Shirt Day Lunch, Orange Shirt Day Silent Meditation Walk and Orange Shirt Day Virtual Tour of the Woodland Cultural Centre.
More info here: https://www.torontomu.ca/aboriginal/events/orange-shirt-day/
University of Toronto
The Every Child Matters Flag has been raised to honour the generations of Indigenous children who attended residential schools, the many who were lost, and those who survived. On September 30, flags will be lowered to half-mast as part of our university-wide recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Join U of T for the in-person tri-campus event hosted at Hart House on September 30 and livestreamed on YouTube. Brenda Wastasecoot, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indigenous Studies, will provide the keynote address: “The Nikis Story is the Story of Canada: Reflecting on the Impacts of the Indian Residential Schools.”
On October 3, members of the Indigenous U of T community are invited to gather and reflect at Hart House Farm.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a time to reflect on the strength and resiliency of Indigenous peoples. Importantly, it is a time for recognizing our shared responsibilities for creating new and better relationships with Indigenous people.
This site provides details about the many ways the university is marking the day: https://www.yorku.ca/about/national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation/