George Brown College to commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 

Orange Shirt Day at George Brown College, 2019

September 30 is now the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honours residential school survivors, their families, and communities. This day underscores our shared responsibility to educate ourselves on the tragic history and legacy of residential schools, and to take action in support of reconciliation.   

On Thursday, we are inviting all members of our George Brown College community to wear an orange shirt to honour the thousands of lives lost within the residential school system, as well as all the survivors and families who have experienced trauma and harm.  

To commemorate Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, George Brown is hosting two online events. We encourage all students and employees to register online and attend. 

  • Thursday, September 30, noon: Indigenous Education and Services hosts a conversation with residential school survivor Shishigo Gijig.  
  • Friday, October 1, noon: Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation launches our new Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Series with a keynote address on the theme, “Truth must come first, then reconciliation will prevail.” 

“As a learning community, there is much we can – and must – do to take meaningful action towards reconciliation,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, President, Geroge Brown College. “An important first step is reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Final Reports, including the 94 Calls to Action, and then reflecting on how we can support these actions both individually and collectively.”  

In order to bring about tangible change, we must be willing to educate ourselves and confront the uncomfortable truths about Canada’s history. To support this learning, the college has launched an awareness campaign called Debwewin (“truth” in Ojibwe). Please visit georgebrown.ca/gbc4trc to watch the videos introduced by Audrey Rochette, Director of Indigenous Initiatives at George Brown, and to learn more. 

“Taking steps together and in partnership towards reconciliation is an essential part of fostering a more inclusive, equitable society, and we all have a role to play,” adds Fearon. “Please demonstrate your support and commitment on Sept. 30.”  

Image taken at St. James Campus in 2019.

Resources for Indigenous students

Indigenous counsellors at George Brown

Lori Budge - lbudge@georgebrown.ca

Bob Whiteduck Crawford - bob.crawford@georgebrown.ca 

Shallen Murray - shallen.murrary@georgebrown.ca