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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.


8:00am Lighting of the Sacred fireArbour
9:00am-10:00amIn-person tours of the Shingwauk Residential School siteMeet at front steps of Shingwauk Hall
10:00am – 1:00pmCommunity Art Installation: Honouring Residential School Survivors and Those Who Didn’t Come HomeShingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
10:00am-10:30amIntergenerational Survivor Jay Jones, “Mind, Body & Spirit. Exercising Our Gifts to Help Others and Ourselves.”Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
11:00am-12:00pmVirtual tour of the Shingwauk Residential School site Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
1:00pm-1:30pmSpeakers – Paige Simon and Lue Mahaffey Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
1:30pm-2:00pmDr. Paulette Steeves, “Telling our Truths: Remembering the Children” Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
2:00pm-3:00pmSurvivor and Elder Shirley Horn Zoom, and live stream on YouTube
3:00pm-4:00pmWalk to water at Bellevue park.(see map below) ALL COVID PROTOCOLS STRICTLY ENFORCED. Meet at front steps of Shingwauk Hall

Weecheetowin Health Support Services will be available onsite all day. 


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