Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is an initiative that was started in 2013 to honour Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada.
The date of September 30 was chosen for the annual event because it is the time of year when Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to residential schools.
The story of Orange Shirt Day
CSI supports our Indigenous communities and the push for reconciliation. As a community, we must create safe spaces for those to tell their stories and have the opportunity to reclaim their identities. We must raise awareness of the impact of residential schools and honour the survivors. We will support, and we hope you will join your CSI Board of Directors in wearing an orange shirt on September 30 for Orange Shirt Day to reaffirm that every child matters.
Join us on Orange Shirt Day
Conestoga’s 4th annual Truth and Reconciliation event will be taking place virtually this year. It will be hosted on September 30 to coincide with Orange Shirt Day. Please wear an orange shirt to show your support!
Being able to hear the different life stories of the guest speakers was very eye-opening.
We need to seek the truth in these issues as allyship is supposed to be uncomfortable even if we don't want to accept it the distributing and "hard facts", we cannot have a relationship with others based on misconceptions. This experience has allowed me to come to the realization that reconciliation is not just one action, but requires continuous, active action and not just an apology.
After this experience, I have thought a lot about how I can include Indigenous Studies in my teaching when I become an ECE. Reflective practice engages people in the practice of continuous learning.
I learned at the event that we as Canadians tend to overuse collective nouns in the Indigenous community and that there are more specific words to use if you can. Ie. Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee.
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