National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation - Orange Shirt Day

September 30th

What is Orange Shirt Day? Orange Shirt Day occurs as a result of Phyllis Webstad’s account of losing her new orange shirt on her first day at residential school. Learn more about Phyllis' story:

Why September 30th? The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes and sent to residential schools. We wear orange to honour the children who survived the residential school system and remember those that didn’t.

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day:

Events  on  Campus

(September 26th-29th, 2022)

There will be tables set up in the QEII Library, Bruneau Centre,  University Centre, Core Science Facility and Science Building lobbies. Each will have resources about Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, smudging and Kullik lighting.

There will be space provided for members of the Memorial community to write and submit what they can do to further reconciliation, or ask questions about truth and reconciliation.

Smudging will occur at these locations:

9am Core Science Building

10am QEII Library

11am Science Building

12pm University Centre

2pm Bruneau Centre

Following the final smudging at the Bruneau Centre,  there will be a campus walk to Juniper House where participants will have the opportunity to tie a ribbon onto the fence and trees  on the front lawn in memory of the children who did not return home.

You can purchase orange shirts at the MUN Bookstore. Proceeds will go to the First Light Friendship Centre  Healing Garden in honour of residential school survivors.

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