The Rotary Club of Pickering and HIP are proud to team up to host this Orange Shirt Day event. Orange Shirt Day commemorates the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.
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 is 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.
It all started right here in the Cariboo, and as a result, School District No. 27 was chosen by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to pilot curriculum changes for all Grade 5 and Grade 10 students reflecting the residential school experience, which have now been implemented province-wide.
4:00 pm – Welcome
4:01 pm – Land Acknowledgement
4:02 pm – Opening Invocation
Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat is from the Mohawk Nation,
Turtle Clan, a traditional teacher from Six Nations Grand River Territory
4:15 pm – Orange Shirt Day
Phyllis Webstad , Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) f
rom the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation
4:30 pm – Special Presentation – John Currie, HIP Executive Director
4:35 pm – Residential Schools
Dawn Hill, member of the Board of Directors for
Mohawk Village Memorial Park and a Mohawk Residential School Survivor
4:50 pm – Closing Remarks