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Public Service Announcement
Release Date: September 23, 2015

On September 30 many Camosun College students and employees will wear orange shirts to show their commitment to the principle that every child matters and to show support for residential school survivors and their families.

Camosun Indigenous Studies students Kristin Spray and Eddy Charlie, with the support of the college’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections, invite students, staff and supporters to wear an orange shirt, eat fry bread and sing the huy ch qu song to show respect and to honour residential school survivors and their families.

“We ask every student to help us honour the 150,000 survivors of the residential school system so their voices can be heard through our participation,” say student spokespersons Kristen and Eddy. “As Indigenous Studies students, we wish to create awareness about the issues of residential schools. We feel a responsibility to stand together so that the spirits of our ancestors can witness our spiritual blanket embracing every path as we rebuild everything that was taken from our ancestors.”

Camosun’s Orange t-shirt event:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Na’tsa’maht (the Gathering Place) at Lansdowne Campus

Orange Shirt Day made its debut in Williams Lake and in just three years has spread across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. September 30 represents the time of year children were taken from their homes, and it sets the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is the opportunity for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Huy ch qu.


Janice Simcoe
Co-leader, Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections

Last updated: October 6, 2015 2:04 pm

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