Orange shirt day at Camosun College, one of many Indigenous student initiatives

Camosun College

On September 29 many Camosun students, employees and community supporters will wear orange shirts to show their commitment to the principle that every child matters and to show support for those who attended residential schools and their families.

With the support of the Camosun Board of Governors and Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen: the Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections, the community and supporters are invited to join the Camosun community, wear an orange shirt and sing the huy ch qu song to show respect and to honour those who attended residential schools and their families.

“Orange Shirt Day commemorates those who attended Indian Residential Schools and supports all Canadians to better understand our shared history,” says Janice Simcoe (Anishinaabe), Director of Camosun’s Indigenous Education and Community Connections. “Particularly as we reflect upon and consider how to engage in reconciliation.”

Camosun will be honoured by the presence and words of Phyllis Webstad (Secwpemc), the founder of the Orange Shirt Day movement. This year’s agenda will also include a keynote address from Monique Gray Smith (Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent). Monique has written extensively on resilience, education, wellness, and reconciliation from an Indigenous perspective. She is also the host of the Love is Medicine podcast and has spoken to a variety of audiences across North America, Hawaii, the South Pacific and New Zealand.

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