Canadians mark Orange Shirt Day, or the Nationwide Day for Reality and Reconciliation, on September 30 to acknowledge the legacy of residential colleges and honour Survivors and their households. As we speak, we’re partnering with the Orange Shirt Society and the Nationwide Centre for Reality and Reconciliation (NCTR) to amplify significant discussions concerning the impression of the residential faculty system.
Amplifying Reality and Reconciliation Week Programming
The NCTR was created as a part of the mandate of the Reality and Reconciliation Fee of Canada to share the truths of Survivors’ experiences and work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to help the continuing work of reconciliation and therapeutic throughout Canada. Between September 26 and 30, the NCTR presents Reality and Reconciliation Week 2022, a free schooling program open to varsities throughout Canada.
As a part of this programming, lecturers and college students will be a part of the NCTR for the first-ever stay stage program “Gidinawendimin – We Are All Associated.” The occasion will characteristic Survivors, performers and Data Keepers from throughout Canada, and can concentrate on remembering the youngsters who by no means got here dwelling from residential faculty.
This 12 months, we’re partnering with the NCTR to share this programming on Fb, making it accessible from coast to coast as a useful resource for Canadians to be taught, mirror and think about their function on the trail towards fact and reconciliation. You may watch “Gidinawendimin – We Are All Associated” on the Nationwide Centre for Reality and Reconciliation Fb Web page starting at 7PM EST on September 29.
Launching New Instruments to Increase Consciousness on Orange Shirt Day
In partnership with the Orange Shirt Society, we’re additionally launching a brand new augmented actuality (AR) impact impressed by the expertise of residential faculty survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. The story of Phyllis’ orange shirt, given to her by her grandmother and brought from her on her first day on the St. Joseph’s Mission residential faculty in British Columbia, impressed a nationwide motion and cemented the orange shirt as a logo of the loss skilled by college students, their households and communities over generations.
This 12 months’s “Orange Shirt Day” picture was created by Grade 11 pupil Geraldine Catalbas from Ponoka, Alberta. Her submission was chosen by the Orange Shirt Society because the winner of an annual contest amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids throughout Canada. In Geraldine’s design, the footwear signify the youngsters who died in residential colleges, whereas the shoelaces, remodeling into an eagle, symbolise their freedom. Developed in AR by Indigenous multi-disciplinary artist Josh Conrad, the impact lets individuals on Instagram honour the resilience of Survivors. To make use of the impact, go to the Orange Shirt Society Instagram account.
We’re privileged to play a job connecting Canadians on Orange Shirt Day because the nation honours the youngsters and Survivors of residential colleges. Public commemoration of the historical past and ongoing impacts of residential colleges is a crucial part of the reconciliation course of in Canada. We’re dedicated to making sure our applied sciences are a spot for First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals to hook up with their communities, share their tales, allow cultural preservation and share historical past.