BU marks Orange Shirt Day this week, to recall legacy of Residential Schools

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Brandon University will mark Orange Shirt Day this Wednesday, Sept. 30 and is asking everyone to show their support by wearing orange, by using an orange background on Zoom, and by taking advantage of the many university resources gathered to teach the legacy of residential schools.

For those who don’t know the story, Orange Shirt Day recalls a specific instance where six-year-old Phyllis (Jack) Webstad had her shiny new orange shirt taken from her at residential school. People can read the story in Phyllis’ own words at the Orange Shirt Day website.

Wearing orange on Wednesday — even for those working from home or seeing fewer people than normal — can send a powerful message of reclaiming that which was taken. Orange shirts are available at the BU Bookstore, which offers contact-free pickup. Order it here.

But wearing orange is only one way for people to participate. Brandon University has also put together a number of other activities and resources so that everyone can learn more about the legacy of residential schools, including one that was right here in Brandon.

Here is what you can do on Wednesday:

Acknowledging the legacy of residential schools can be difficult, even painful. Brandon University has services available to support all members of the BU community.


Faculty & Staff:

More details about Orange Shirt Day are available online at BU’s Orange Shirt Day webpage, part of the BU Indigenous Education website.


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