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Reminder: Orange Shirt Day on September 30

Author: UNB Communications

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

Category: News and Notices

To mark Orange Shirt Day, all are invited to attend a gathering on Monday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. at the Harriet Irving Library, 109. The event will include prayer, smudging, and a ceremony to commemorate survivors of Indian residential schools, as well as those who didn't survive. All members of the UNB community are encouraged to wear orange shirts or have a piece of orange cloth pinned to their clothing.

More information about the event can be found on Facebook

Orange Shirt Day is a day of reflection that grew out of Phyllis's story. Phyllis, then aged six, had her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission residential school in British Columbia. Since 2013, it has since become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

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.

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