These events are part of a semester-long series to bring awareness to the legacy of colonization across Turtle Island, the necessity of institutional decolonization, as well as Indigenous resurgence and joy.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Why Wear Orange?

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters.” The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

On September 29th-30th, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools.

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On Campus Activities

On September 30, there will be gatherings of students in the Upper Atrium and the 8B Lounge to make posters in support of the Every Child Matters march in the afternoon.

Students will also be fundraising for Indigenous organizations in the Upper Atrium by selling Orange T-shirts and other items.

Library Display

You can also explore our online library section to discover a thoughtfully curated display of themed books handpicked by our library staff and members of the Dawson First Peoples’ Centre.

Last Modified: September 28, 2023