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September 29, 2022

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

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. 

Ways that you can support orange shirt day:

  1. Purchase an orange shirt and wear it on September 30. Please be mindful when purchasing a shirt to choose an Indigenous vendor or to purchase from an organization that will be supporting Orange Shirt Day causes, including survivors of Residential Schools. A list of vendors is available here: https://orangeshirtday.net/
  2. Consider making a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society or another organization that supports survivors, their families, and communities
  3. Take some time for learning, education, and reflection. 

 


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