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How to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — at UFV and in the community – UFV Today

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 202128 Views

As Canada marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday for the firest time, there are a variety of events at UFV and in surrounding communities where you can learn more about the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools.

UFV will be closed on September 30 to give students and employees the opportunity to attend related events or reflect in their own way.

Orange Shirt Day event with Phyllis Webstad — Sept 30

Everyone is encouraged to wear orange on September 30 in recognition of an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generation.

Read More: https://blogs.ufv.ca/blog/2021/09/18156/

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