Wear orange. Show up. Show your support.
NC’s Indigenous Education department will be honouring Orange Shirt Day at both the Welland and NOTL campuses.
Staff, faculty and students are all invited to participate in Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 29 (NOTL) and Monday, October 2 (Welland).
Orange Shirt Day is an annual event to recognize the impact of the residential school system on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, as an affirmation to a commitment to ensure that everyone matters.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in 2013. It was inspired by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a survivor of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School. The federal government estimates at least 150,000 First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students attended residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for the College to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations of children.
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to wear an orange shirt (or other clothing) to honour residential school survivors and to remember those who didn’t.
Organizer Jamie Warren, counsellor, Health, Wellness and Accessibility, encourages the entire NC community to wear orange on either day, participate in on-campus events on either day, and share their selfies in their orange shirts by tagging @IndigenousEdNC (Facebook and Twitter) with the hashtag #EveryChildMatters.
Warren noted that acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations is now part of the College’s Strategic Plan, and members of the Niagara College community all play a role in this.
“One of the first steps that we can take toward reconciliation is to educate ourselves and our students on various Indigenous issues, including the legacy of the residential school system and how it continues to have an impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada, including our Indigenous students,” said Warren. “Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for the NC community to come together to show our support for our residential school survivors, to remember those who did not, and an opportunity to raise awareness of these impacts. “
Orange Shirt Day:
- Visit an information booth will be set up in the AHI Foyer (WC) and the Cafeteria Foyer (NOTL) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Orange Shirt Day. The booth will include resources on the residential school legacy and the impact it continues to have on Indigenous peoples in Canada. All are welcome to visit the booth.
- Participate in a photo op to show your support in your orange shirt (#EveryChildMatters)
- All students, staff, and faculty are invited for a group photo at the Indigenous Garden for a group photo at 1:30 p.m., wearing their orange shirts (meet at the information booth and a volunteer will walk the group to the garden). The photo will be submitted to the Orange Shirt Day Society to show Niagara College’s support of the residential school legacy.
NOTL Campus: follow the Bruce trail, behind the campus.
Welland Campus: back entrance of Applied Health building, near Parking Lot G.
- In the event of increment weather, an alternative location for the group photo will be determined at 1 p.m. Inquire at the information booths.
- Anyone who wishes to participate, but are unable to attend the events can post a photo wearing their orange shirts on Facebook or Twitter, tag @IndigenousEdNC with the hashtag #EveryChildMatters or #OrangeShirtDay.
For more information on Orange Shirt Day visit www.orangeshirtday.org/
Niagara College’s group photo from 2016 was featured on Orange Shirt Day’s main page. View it here.
Orange Shirt Day will be held on Friday, Sept. 29.
A group photo will take place at the Indigenous Garden at 1:30 p.m. (follow the Bruce Trail behind the Campus).
AN information booth will be set up in the cafeteria foyer from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Orange Shirt Day will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 2.
A group photo will be taken at 1:30 p.m. at the Indigenous Garden (back entrance of the Applied Health Institute).
An information booth will be set up in the AHI foyer from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.