Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day 2019 logoThe design for the UVic 2019 orange shirt was contributed by artist Carey Newman (Coast Salish/Kwagiulth). Newman is the Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest with the Department of Visual Arts.

Monday, September 30, 2019

The university of Victoria is committed to fostering respect, reconciliation and mutual understanding with all Indigenous peoples and communities. You’re invited to be a partner in the work of reconciliation by listening, learning and sharing in events and discussions on Orange Shirt Day 2019.

UVic’s Orange Shirt Day events include:

12 p.m. in the Quad (near the fountain)
  • A Welcome to the Territory – Christine Sam, Songhees Nation
  • Indigenous cultural presentation with drummers Eugene Sam, Christine Sam and Philip George of the Songhees Nation
  • Speaker Dr. Valerie Kuehne, Vice-President Academic and Provost
  • MC Dr. Catherine McGregor (Associate Dean, Department of Education)

  • Group photo in the Quad. Please consider wearing an orange shirt—it is a visual symbol of our awareness of the need for ongoing reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
1 p.m. at First Peoples House (Ceremonial Hall)
  • A film screening of Carey Newman’s film Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket, followed by a discussion with Carey Newman (Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest, Department of Visual Arts) and Elder and residential school survivor Victor Newman. With moderator Chancellor Shelagh Rogers.

All events are free.

T-shirts

Orange shirt day 2019 logo
2019 design by Carey Newman

The design for the UVic orange shirt was contributed by artist Carey Newman (Coast Salish/Kwagiulth). Newman is the Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest with the Department of Visual Arts.

Departments can place bulk T-shirt orders for faculty, staff and students through the UVic Bookstore. Bulk orders have now closed.

A limited number of shirts will be available for sale outside First Peoples House on Monday, Sept. 30 ($20, cash only).

Proceeds from T-shirt sales support the Elders Engagement Fund and the Witness Blanket Project. If you already have an orange shirt, please consider making a $20 donation directly to the Elders Engagement Fund this year.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt is a national movement in Canada for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation to honour former residential school students whose families and communities have been impacted by the policies and actions of the Government of Canada and the churches that operated the schools.

Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, BC in 2013 at the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event and has since spread across the country. The name Orange Shirt Day honours survivor Phyllis Webstad's story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of school at the Mission.

The date of the annual event was chosen because it is the time of year that children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools. Orange Shirt Day inspires Canadians to initiate anti-racism and anti-bullying initiatives in schools and the workplace.

The residential school era began in the early 1870’s, with the last school closing in 1996. More than 150,000 Indigenous, Métis and Inuit children attended these schools, with an estimated 80,000 survivors living today.

Learn more at orangeshirtday.org.

Support the ITOTELNEW̱TEL ȽTE: LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER fund

The university has established the ITOTELNEW̱TEL ȽTE: LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER fund (Elders' engagement fund) to provide meaningful engagement with Elders and opportunities for learning Indigenous ways of knowing for students, faculty and staff. The fund supports events and activities such as faculty seminars, classroom visits, Elder honorariums and meetings off campus with community groups or local First Nations communities. Donate now.

See more videos from the Orange Shirt Day playlist on YouTube.

2018 Orange Shirt Day

Orange t-shirt with the text 'Every Child Matters'
2018 design by Carey Newman

About 400 university faculty, staff and students came together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation on Orange Shirt Day, marked at UVic on Sept. 28, 2018. Wearing orange shirts to show respect for residential school survivors and their families, the crowd gathered in the quad for a photo before attending a powerful discussion at First Peoples House, “Why art matters to reconciliation,” with Dr. Andrea Walsh (anthropology) and survivors and intergenerational survivors Gina Laing (Uchucklesaht First Nation), April Laing (Uchucklesaht First Nation), Mark Atleo (Ahousaht First Nation) and Lorilee Wastasecoot  (Peguis First Nation).

Nearly 1,500 orange shirts were sold on campus, with the proceeds going to the Elders’ engagement fund, ITOTELNEW_TEL L- TE: LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER, and Carey Newman’s Witness Blanket project.

September 2018 photos