MET recognizes and honours Orange Shirt Day 2020

Orange Shirt Day is dedicated to former residential school students, survivors, their families and communities. Each year, on September 30th, we wear orange shirts to raise awareness about the residential school system in Canada, recognize the effects of residential schools and their legacy, join in the spirit of reconciliation, and honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples. The Orange Shirt Day project is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. Now in 2020, Orange Shirt Day events are being held across Canada, and internationally.

Listen to MET course author and faculty member Dr. Michael Marker speak about Orange Shirt Day and its importance.

To learn more, we invite you to read UBC Beyond’s article, “3 things you might not know about Orange Shirt Day, check out UBC’s X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s Collection Spotlight: A Children’s Booklist for Orange Shirt Day, and visit UBC’s IRSHDC website. Teachers can also register for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s upcoming event, Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education.

Learn more about UBC’s commitment to Indigenous engagement at its Vancouver campus in the 2020 UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan and view the multitude of resources on the UBC Vancouver Indigenous Portal.