In recognition of the history and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada, the Federal Government passed legislation designating September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30 also falls within the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s (NCTR) Reconciliation Week, which runs from September 27, 2021, to October 1, 2021. During this week, Loyalist College will honour the lives of the lost children by hosting events and providing resources about the legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School System, decolonization and the inception of Orange Shirt Day itself. The College will also support First Nation students and employees who may continue to feel the intergenerational effects of trauma as a result.
She:Kon, Aniin, Wacheya,
Earlier this year, tragic discoveries confirming the remains of Indigenous children were found on several sites of former Residential Schools across Canada. While this discovery was met with disbelief and incredible sorrow for many, it was a painful confirmation for many First Nation Communities of what they have long known to be true.
At Loyalist College, we believe that we have an ethical and moral responsibility to reflect upon our role in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by educating ourselves on the Indigenous history, cultures, the legacy of systemic discrimination and the Residential School system’s enduring impact on First Nation, Métis and Inuit children, families, and communities. Our entire Loyalist College Community, both past and present, must accept its role as being part of this shared history of Canada and the First Peoples who have lived on traditional lands long before colonization began 500 years ago.
In recognition of the history and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada, the Federal Government passed legislation designating September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30 also falls within the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s (NCTR) Reconciliation Week, which runs from September 27, 2021, to October 1, 2021. During this week, Loyalist College will honour the lives of the lost children by hosting events and providing resources about the legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School System, decolonization, and the inception of Orange Shirt Day itself.
The College recognizes that First Nation students and employees may continue to feel the intergenerational effects of trauma and, as a result, will support any Indigenous students, faculty and staff who may choose to spend September 30 with their communities. Any absences on this day will be fully supported and accommodated.
I want to thank our Loyalist College colleagues in the Indigenous Resource Centre for leading the organization of these important, educational, and meaningful events. On behalf of our Loyalist College community, I ask that everyone take a moment to reflect on our shared history and how we can support one another on moving forward in the process of Truth and Reconciliation.
Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Truth and Reconciliation Week Event Descriptions: Everyone is welcome. Social distancing rules in effect.
Monday, 27 September 2021
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Friday, 01 October 2021
Haudenosaunee Decolonization, Bob Antone
Decolonization, Werklund School of Education
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Heart
Colonization Road: The Path of Reconciliation is Long and Winding
Honourable Murray Sinclair – Impacts of Residential Schools
Phyllis Webstad – Missing Residential School Children
National Orange Shirt Day is Thursday, September 30, 2021
The National Orange Shirt campaign – Every Child Matters – acknowledges the experiences of the former students of the Indian Residential Schools and is an ongoing commitment to reconciliation. In September 2014, the Assembly of First Nations asked all Canadians to join First Nations in wearing an orange shirt in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. The date was chosen because it is the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away from their homes and placed in residential schools. It is also an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
Loyalist College faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to wear orange on Thursday, September 30 in honour of the children of the Indian Residential School System. Learn more: Origins of Orange Shirt Day
Canada’s Dark Secret
Stolen Children: Residential Survivor Speaks Out
Hundred of Unmarked Graves Found at Former Residential School
182 Graves Found Near Former Residential School near Cranbrook, B.C.
B.C. First Nation Says More Than 150 Unmarked Graves Found Near Kuper Island Residential School
Saskatchewan First Nation says 751 Unmarked Graves Found at Former Residential School
Saskatchewan Residential School Survivor Recalls Burying Student in Wake of Unmarked Graves Find