Students and employees will have an opportunity to learn more about the impacts of the residential school system in Canada and importance of Orange Shirt Day from Founder and Ambassador of the Orange Shirt movement, Phyllis Webstad.
On Thursday, September 22, Webstad will visit NC’s Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The entire College community is welcome to attend a speaking event featuring Webstad in the courtyard, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The event will feature a traditional opening and closing along with additional speakers. Bannock and strawberry juice will be available for guests to sample. Those who attend are encouraged to wear orange to show their support.
In advance of this event, 100 free shirts will be available for students to pick up at the DJP Campus Indigenous Education Centre (N003) on Tuesday, September 20 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and Wednesday, September 21 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Register to attend
Employees interested in attending are asked to register via the Employee Registration Link.
Students interested in attending are asked to register via the Student Registration Link.
Prior to the speaking event on September 22, NC’s Indigenous students will have an opportunity to join Webstad for breakfast event at the Indigenous Student Centre.
In addition to free t-shirts being given away to the first 100 students on September 20 and 21 (details above), Indigenous Education highlights the following resources regarding orange shirts.
Those who wish to purchase a shirt may consider supporting a local Indigenous artisan. View details via Facebook here facebook.com/jacobandcodesigns (note: must be logged into Facebook to view).
A survivor from St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School (Williams Lake, B.C.), Webstad has made it her mission to honour survivors of the Indian residential school system – including intergenerational survivors – and to remember the children who never made it home.
For information about Webstad or Orange Shirt Day visit orangeshirtday.org.