Do Your Part on September 30: Wear an Orange T-Shirt
On September 30th we are asking all of the George Brown community to participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) by wearing an orange t-shirt to honour residential school survivors, their families, and communities. Watch our short video to learn more about the history of Orange Shirt Day and why it’s important.
You can show your support by purchasing an orange shirt from Atlohsa Family Healing Services or from the Toronto Council Fire Native Centre (please call 416-360-4350 and ask for Masima) and wearing your shirt to all virtual and in-person events on September 30 — including meetings and classes.
JOIN US FOR OUR TRUTH & RECONCILIATION EVENTS
One of the key ways the GBC community can support the Debwewin: (Truth) campaign is to educate themselves on the history and legacy of residential schools and hear from indigenous voices about their experiences and views on the path to reconciliation.
Please join us for our key events:
In Conversation: Residential School Survivor Elder Shishigo Gijig - September 30, 12 P.M.
In celebration of Orange Shirt Day please join us for a conversation with residential school survivor elder Shishigo Gijig. Shishigo is Anishinaabe from Wabadowgan/Whitesand First Nation and is a residential school survivor who has shared her story of hope, survival, resilience, and courage. She is a proud grandmother and mother. She is a spiritual woman who helps to guide her community through teachings while holding a safe space for dialogue, stories and sometimes simply an ear to listen.
Indigenous Knowledge Keepers Series: Keynote speaker Chief Cadmus Delorme Cowessess First Nation - October 1, 12 P.M.
Join our keynote speaker Chief Cadmus Delorme Cowessess First Nation for the launch of the Indigenous Knowledge Keepers Series as he speaks about Truth must come first then reconciliation will prevail and What we all inherited and how we must all play our part. Chief Cadmus was named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, which celebrates the province’s new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40.
#GBC4TRC: EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
As part of the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) on September 30, we're sharing some content that we hope will resonate with members of our George Brown community. This content has been curated by the Indigenous Education & Services team, and you'll find a short introduction to the content available at each link.
This video from TVO that features Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and Professor at the School of Social Work at McGill University. Blackstock discusses speaking truth to Canada's power in the sobering wake of the findings of unmarked graves of Indigenous children.
Used under agreement with TVO, this video features an excellent 2-minute answer to the question 'What is a residential school?'
Audrey Rochette, Director of Indigenous Initiatives (pictured), says action — specifically, reconciliation —needs to first be grounded in truth.
Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, speaks about the discovery of bodies at the residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
WHAT MORE CAN I DO TO HELP?
- Read the 94 Calls To Action provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Read the Calls to Action and visit the TRC website for many additional resources regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Report. Access a child-friendly educational resource about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action provided by The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.
- Educate Yourself About Indigenous Culture
Residential schools are part of Indigenous history but it is not part of Indigenous culture. Educate yourself on the peoples’ culture of the traditional territory you live on. Listen, watch, and read!
- Educate Yourself About the History of Residential Schools
Woodland Cultural Centre provides numerous resources about residential schools, including our monthly tour of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School.
We also recommend checking out the Witness Blanket, by artist Carey Newman, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the documentary, Picking Up The Pieces, that Newman created to go along with the project.
- Sharing The History
As much as it’s important to educate yourself, what you do with that information is also important. Share the history with your family, friends, workplaces, service organizations, and faith groups! These conversations can be difficult to have but they are essential. We need to ensure that future generations of children are being properly educated on Indigenous history and culture.
- Support Indigenous Communities, Like Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, in Their Journey of Truth and Reconciliation
A donation can go a long way for these communities!
Visit GBC’s Indigenous Education & Services webpages for more information about Indigenous culture, educational resources and services for the George Brown Community.
WARNING: This page contains details about abuse and the residential school system which some readers may find distressing. Support is available 24/7 through the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line for former students and those affected 1-866-925-4419.