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The UGDSB recognizes Truth and Reconciliation Week and Orange Shirt Day

September 26, 2022

GUELPH, ON – The federal government of Canada recognizes September 26 to September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Week, capping off the last day as Orange Shirt Day.

National Truth and Reconciliation Week is to commemorate the violent and traumatic history and legacy of Residential Schools in Canada, and to honour the children who never returned home, the survivors of residential schools, as well as recognizing the pain left with families and communities. 

The last day of Truth and Reconciliation week is recognized as Orange Shirt Day to remember survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad who, on her first day at residential school in 1973, had her new orange shirt taken from her. The orange shirt symbolizes the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. It also promotes the concept of “Every Child Matters.”  

All through the week, UGDSB staff have created numerous resources to support staff and student learning, including:

We as an educational community are urged to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and its 94 Calls to Action. We encourage individuals to review the UGDSB’s Indigenous Education policy, which guides the board’s work going forward and helps us to learn and unlearn the truths of colonialism. 

We will continue to publicly commemorate the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools because that is how we take part in the vital component of the reconciliation process and we will work with and learn from our treaty partners and Indigenous community members and organizations.

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