We recognize the ongoing, generational trauma inflicted by the Residential School system in Canada, and we condemn all forms of the persistent racist and colonial violence in our society. At UTSC English we aim to work always in the true spirit of understanding, reconciliation, and justice, including facing the role that educational systems have played in the oppression and marginalization of Indigenous people and other minorities. We hope that our students, colleagues, and community will also work towards acknowledgement and change, and that we will do our part to listen to and amplify the voices of Indigenous teachers and storytellers.
Please take this time this week to engage with Orange Shirt Day events and information. We have some suggestions below:
You can join the University of Toronto's webinar, "Making Sense of the World: Orange Shirt Day," taking place on Wednesday 30 September from 1-2:30pm (EST): https://indigenous.utoronto.ca/event/u-of-ts-orange-shirt-day/. Students, faculty, and staff of the university can register to attend at https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/utsceventaggregator.htm?eventId=26330
You can also listen to Prof. Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm's conversation with Michelle Good (author of the novel Five Little Indians, about survivors of Residental Schools), as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. The episode will drop on Wednesday the 30th at: https://writersfestival.org/events/fall-2020-podcast/orange-shirt-day
You can participate in the UTSC Library's Indigenous Book Club -- even though the first selection meeting has passed, you are welcome to attend on the next meeting (November 18th). Details here: https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/IndigenousBookClub/home
You can explore the resources at the Legacy of Hope Foundation, including their "Where Are the Children?" site which allows you to download a mobile tour of an exhibition of survivors' stories, photographs, and documents: http://legacyofhope.ca/wherearethechildren/
And you can learn about the origin and mission of Orange Shirt Day at https://www.orangeshirtday.org/