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Wear your Orange Shirts on October 1-FR and SJ

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Category: News and Notices

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis's story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.   The official date of Orange Shirt Day is September 30 each year, but this year it falls on a Sunday, so UNB encourages its community members to wear their orange shirt on Monday, Oct. 1.   

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives educators time to plan events that will include students, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.  

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, education facilities and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

We encourage all UNB community members to wear an orange shirt on October 1.

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Contact: Shelley Francis

Email Address: Shelley.Francis@unb.ca