September 30 is Orange Shirt Day

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Kwey Kwey, She:kon, Taanshi, Ullaquut and Hello,

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, Canada’s national holiday for Truth and reconciliation.

It is an annual day of remembrance to highlight the history and intergenerational impact of residential and day schools and to honor their survivors, including Phyllis Webstadwhose story sparked a national movement.

The legacy of Canada’s residential school system is not in our distant past. It’s recent enough that some current Carleton students are survivors. Intergenerational trauma is felt by many First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Carleton will fly an Every Child Matters flag and members of the community are encouraged to wear orange Every Child Matters shirts to commemorate the day and take time to meaningfully reflect on the responsibilities we all have when it comes to reconciliation in Canada – September 30 and beyond.

Carleton is committed to conciliation, as set out in Kinàmàgawin, a revitalized long-term Indigenous strategy with 41 calls to action to make our university a more welcoming space for current and future Indigenous students and faculty. All Carleton students, staff and faculty are encouraged to stay informed and engaged and to read the newly released document Kinàmàgawin progress report.

This year, for Orange Shirt Day, we created a dedicated web page with general information as well as links to articles and events, including a Lived Experience Lunch with Elder Albert Dumont on September 28 and a unveiling ceremony for The Journey of the Baby Vamp: Honoring the Lives of the Missing Children From Residential Schools on September 30.

Continuous learning and the alliance of non-Aboriginal people are essential to reconciliation.

To support this journey, Carleton’s Center for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement continues its Kinàmàgawin Indigenous Apprenticeship Certificate program this fall and winter. Participants in these workshops discuss anti-Indigenous racism in Canada, institutional anti-Indigenous racism and education, and experiences of Indigenous students, among other topics.

For Indigenous members of the Carleton community who are struggling on this day, resources are available from the Center for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement. Aboriginal advisors are available to help you. Or please call the Indian Residential School Survivor Helpline at 1-866-925-4419, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To all members of the Carleton community, please take the time on Orange Shirt Day – and every day – to reflect, learn and take meaningful action for reconciliation in Canada.

Sincerely,

Kahente Horn-Miller, Assistant Vice President, Indigenous Teaching, Learning and Research
Benny Michaud, Director, Center for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement
Jerry Tomberlin, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Co-Chairs, Carleton University Aboriginal Strategic Initiatives Committee

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 in 360, Academic, Campus life, Faculty, Mobile announcements, News
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