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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th, 2021 Canadians across our nation are recognizing Orange Shirt Day – a grassroots movement inspired by the story of residential school Survivor, Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation and is now officially known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This important annual initiative aims to spread awareness of the individual, family and community intergenerational impacts of the Indian Residential School system and reinforce the #EveryChildMatters movement. Algoma University has cancelled all classes on this day to provide an opportunity for all members of our community to engage in learning, reflection and action.

Given the history of the Shingwauk site that serves as home to our Sault Ste. Mare campus, the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC), Anishinaabe Academic Resource Centre and the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association are partnering to host a very special Orange Shirt Day event on September 30th. This year’s event will include virtual elements allowing members of the Algoma University community studying and working in Brampton and Timmins, or anywhere in the world, an opportunity to participate. Please keep an eye out for further details and calendar invites as they are released over the days leading up to September 30th.


Time Activity Location
7:30am Sunrise Ceremony Arbour
8:00am  Lighting of the Sacred fire Arbour
9:00am-10:00am In-person tours of the Shingwauk Residential School site Meet at front steps of Shingwauk Hall
10:00am – 1:00pm Community Art Installation: Honouring Residential School Survivors and Those Who Didn’t Come Home Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
10:00am-10:30am Intergenerational Survivor Jay Jones, “Mind, Body & Spirit. Exercising Our Gifts to Help Others and Ourselves.” Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
11:00am-12:00pm Virtual tour of the Shingwauk Residential School site  Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
12:00pm-2:00pm Maamawi-niibibijigaadeg: Woven Together with Thinking Rock Community Arts Tent, near Arbour on Shingwauk Site
1:00pm-1:30pm Paige Simon and Lue Mahaffey, “Canoe for Every Child – Recognizing, Remembering, Responding”  Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
1:30pm-2:00pm Dr. Paulette Steeves, “Telling our Truths: Remembering the Children”  Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
2:00pm-3:00pm Survivor and Elder Shirley Horn  Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
3:00pm-4:00pm Walk to water at Bellevue park.


* For anyone AU staff member attending, please place a note on your office door in case students stop by. 

Meet at front steps of Shingwauk Hall


Weecheetowin Health Support Services will be available onsite all day. 


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