September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an important opportunity for the McMaster community to come together to educate themselves and share knowledge about the history and continuing impact of residential schools in Canada. No academic classes or examinations will be held on this day.
Also known as Orange Shirt Day, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was inspired by Phyllis Webstad, who at the age of six, had her clothes taken from her after arriving at St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, including an orange shirt given to her by her grandmother.
Many people now wear orange shirts to commemorate residential school survivors and to support Truth and Reconciliation.
From September 23-30, events and educational programming — both on campus and in the community — will provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to learn more about the impacts of Canada’s residential school system.
Click here to learn more about campus and community events and educational resources in support of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.