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Media Release
Release Date: September 22, 2016

On September 30 many Camosun students, employees and community supporters will wear orange shirts to show their commitment to the principle that every child matters and to show support for those who attended residential schools and their families.

The design for the Orange Shirts that will be worn by Camosun students and staff was contributed by Tsawout artist and student Bear Horne. The design symbolizes vision for a bright future, health of the mind, body, and spirit, and the necessity to feed the connection of these elements.

Camosun Indigenous Studies students Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray, with the support of the Camosun Board of Governors and the Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections, invite the community and supporters to wear an orange shirt, eat fry bread and sing the huy ch qu song to show respect and to honour those who attended residential schools and their families. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps will attend to officially proclaim September 30 as “Orange Shirt Day.”

“We ask students and supporters 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.”

Everyone is invited to attend the event set for 1:15pm, Friday, September 30 at Na’tsa’maht (the Gathering Place) at Lansdowne Campus. Please note: parking will be available in Lansdowne Lot P1 (off Lansdowne Road). Parking on campus will be limited as many local community members are expected to attend. Please consider alternate transportation if possible.

Orange Shirt Day made its debut in Williams Lake and in just four 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
Director, Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections

This year's Orange Shirt was designed by artist and Camosun student Bear Horne.


Last updated: September 26, 2016 1:22 pm

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