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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also referred to as Orange Shirt Day, is a day set aside to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian Residential School System.
As this day is formally recognized as a Canadian statutory holiday, Ongomiizwin-Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will be honouring the children who did not make it home and the thousands of survivors of Indian Residential Schools on September 29, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Brodie Centre Atrium, Bannatyne Campus.
- Opening prayer – Elder Dr. Margaret Lavallee
- Honour Song – Dr. Lisa Monkman
- Opening remarks: Dr. Peter Nickerson, Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) and Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr. Marcia Anderson, Vice-Dean, Indigenous health, social justice & anti-racism
- Reflections – Elder Dr. Albert McLeod on the impact of Indian Residential Schools on 2SLGBTQIAA children and youth who were or are Survivors
- Dr. Diana Craig, first-year UM resident in emergency medicine – will be speaking on how the legacy of the residential schools has impacted you and yet you have continued to honour your healing path with a focus towards your academic goals
- Unveiling of Brodie Centre mural by artist Blake Angeconeb
- Travelling Song – Dr. Lisa Monkman
Why do we wear Orange?
Phyllis Jack Webstad’s story is woven into an orange shirt lost long ago. When she was six years old, her grandmother gifted her an orange shirt for her first day of school. But her first day at residential school didn’t go as either of them expected. Phyllis’s clothes were taken away from her, including the orange shirt. The orange shirt was never returned to her, but the colour orange always made Phyllis think of her experiences at a residential school.
“The colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing,” “All of us little children were crying and no one cared.” Phyllis Jack Webstad.
General entrance through main Brodie doors.
Refreshments will be served.
Orange shirts will be available. Limited quantities.
We have been generously donated some orange shirt beading kits from an Ongomiizwin student. These will be available in very limited quantities.