Orange Shirt Day events

On September 28, UVic faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to show respect for residential school survivors and their families. Be a partner in the work of reconciliation by attending events, listening, learning and taking part in discussions that promote mutual understanding and respect.

On-campus events for Orange Shirt Day - Sept. 28

12:15 p.m. - Wear your orange shirt for a group photo near the fountain

Show solidarity with residential school survivors and their families.

1-3 p.m. - Why Art Matters to Reconciliation, special event at First Peoples House

1 p.m. Welcome and introductions

1:15 p.m. President Jamie Cassels introduces the ITOTELNEW̱TEL ȽTE: LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER (Elders Engagement) fund (Elders Engagement Fund).

1:20 - 3 p.m. Join emcee Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, Dr. Andrea Walsh (anthropology) and special guests for a panel discussion: Personal stories of residential school experiences, and present-day healing through childhood paintings created at the Alberni Indian Residential School.

Following the discussion, Vice-President Academic and Provost Valerie Kuehne will provide closing comments.

Free event. Please arrive early as seating is limited.

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Wear an orange T-shirt

Orange t-shirt with the text 'Every Child Matters'
2018 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.

Proceeds from T-shirt sales support the ITOTELNEW̱TEL ȽTE: LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER fund and the Witness Blanket project. Additional donations are also welcome.

  • UVic departments: Bulk orders for 2018 are now closed.
  • Individuals may purchase T-shirts at the UVic Bookstore ($20 per shirt) while quantities last.

If you already have an orange shirt, feel free to wear it on Orange Shirt Day. Please consider making an additional $20 donation to the ITOTELNEW̱TEL ȽTE: LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER fund this year. The fund provides meaningful engagement with Elders for students, faculty and staff.

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