September 30, 2022, will mark Orange Shirt Day, the national day of remembrance for victims of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, as well as the second federal National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. While this will not be a statutory holiday in Ontario, the College has decided to designate this as a staff professional development day. The College will be closed for regular business and will be heading to the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre gathering at Nathan Phillips Square to recognize the trauma caused by residential and day schools and to remember those who never returned home, the survivors, and their families. The gathering will showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous Peoples cultures, traditions and languages through workshops, presentations and artists.
In addition, staff will be spending time together as a group to engage with what Truth and Reconciliation means for us as individuals and as an organization.
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