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.

 

A Message from the President:

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.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College

On-Campus Events Schedule:

Truth and Reconciliation Week Event Descriptions: Everyone is welcome. Social distancing rules in effect.

Monday, 27 September 2021

The session will begin with a smudging, land acknowledgment, and welcoming back of students to Loyalist College. The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action will be acknowledged, and those relating to education will be read. Handouts will include links to several important pieces of information including the Calls to Action of the TRC, the White Paper, and Indian Control of Indian Education (1972). Time: 12 pm – 1 pm Location: Indigenous Resource Centre (3H9) Everyone welcome. Social distancing rules in effect.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The session will begin with a smudging at 11:45 am. Paul Latchford, Manager Indigenous Services will lead a discussion around decolonization with a question and answer session. Handouts will include 100 Ways to Indigenize and Decolonize Academic Programs and Courses plus links to books by Indigenous authors and links to videos on decolonization. Time: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm Location: A’nó:wara Learning Circle (In the case of rain please meet in the Wilkinson Lecture Theatre)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Time: 11:30 pm – 11:45 pm Location: A’nó:wara Learning Circle
This session will include a viewing of a documentary on the Doctrine of Discovery, followed by a question and answer session led by Paul Latchford, Manager, Indigenous Services. Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Location: Indigenous Resource Centre (3H9)

Thursday, 30 September 2021

This session will begin with a smudging in honour of the children who were taken from their communities and placed in the Indian Residential School System. A discussion will be held about the origins of Orange Shirt Day and the ongoing impact of the Residential School System. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the traditional offering of tobacco ties, which will be gathered for a community ceremony. Handouts will include a fact sheet on the Residential School System, the origins of Orange Shirt Day, and the ongoing search for unmarked graves on the sites of Residential Schools. Time: 12 pm – 1 pm Location: A’nó:wara Learning Circle
Staff and students will be encouraged to wear Orange in honour of the children of the Indian Residential School System.

Friday, 01 October 2021

The session will include the viewing of a short video on Residential Schools with the opportunity to share and debrief following the video. Handouts will include links to other resources for more information about the Residential School system in Canada, ethnostress and intergenerational trauma. Time: 12 pm – 1 pm Location: Indigenous Resource Centre (3H9)

Acknowledging Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Calls to Action
The White Paper, 1969
Indian Control of Indian Education, 1972 

Decolonization – The First Step towards Reconciliation

100 Ways to Indigenize and Decolonize Academic Programs and Courses, University of Regina

Haudenosaunee Decolonization, Bob Antone

Decolonization, Werklund School of Education

Doctrine of Discovery

Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Heart

Colonization Road: The Path of Reconciliation is Long and Winding

Honouring the Children

Residential School Timeline
Map of Residential Schools in Canada

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

The Legacy of Residential Schools

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