In June 2021, the Canadian government passed legislation that designates September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR). This day honours survivors, their families and extended communities and an opportunity for Brescia and all Canadians to reflect on the impact residential schools have on First Peoples.
September 30 has been observed since 2013 as “Orange Shirt Day”, a movement to recognize the colonial legacy of residential schools and commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. This date was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools.
Through the week of September 27 to October 1, Brescia will display a flag that was offered by Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives in the Mercato and light Ursuline Hall orange each night.
Today, and every day.
We encourage each member of the Brescia community to participate in NDTR by reflecting, educating and participating in events. Whether you are on or off campus—there are many opportunities available:
If you, or someone you know is looking for additional support or resources, please contact Western's Office of Indigenous Initiatives or Brescia's Special Advisor to President, Diversity & Inclusion, Lissette Ochoa.