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NU to mark Orange Shirt Day together

On Friday September 29, Nipissing University’s community is invited to come together to acknowledge Orange Shirt Day.  A group of Indigenous students at Nipissing University will be hosting a potluck lunch at the tipi in the courtyard from noon-1:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

There will be orange t-shirts available on a first come, first serve basis.

Orange Shirt Day is an annual day of remembrance of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Wiliams Lake British Colombia in 2013.

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations. 

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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