Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

Wear orange on September 29, 2021, to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who survived residential schools and those who were lost. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is moving our Orange Shirt Day events to September 29 to accommodate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation holiday.

Orange Shirt Day was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. It is also an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.

Contact or visit your campus Indigenous Students' Center for more information.

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day at orangeshirtday.org 

Events

Prince Albert campus - September 21 and 29, 2021

The Indigenous Students’ Centre will be handing out orange shirts (while supplies last) to students who share a written commitment to turn reconciliation into action on the Orange Shirt bulletin board.

Event: Screening of documentary, Second Stories - It Had to Be Done 
Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Indigenous Students’ Centre, room 225 Academic Building
Details: This short documentary explores the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of two extraordinary women who not only lived it, but who, as adults, made the surprising decision to return to the school that had affected their lives so profoundly. This intimate and moving film affirms their strength and dignity in standing up and making a difference on their own terms.
Event: Morning smudge circle
Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Location: Lawn between Technical and Academic buildings 
Details: Traditional practices such as smudging were not allowed in residential schools.  Smudging is a part of Sask Polytech’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. 
Event: Unveiling of new Prince Albert Indigenous mural
Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria, Technical Building
Details: The mural is about embracing our community. We are all treaty people. It speaks to inclusion and connects our local community and the wider world through education. Guest speakers will include Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO; Dr. Has Malik, provost and vice-president, Academic; Deanna Speidel, Indigenous Strategy director as well as Annette Lanoie and Jordan Twist, the artists who created the mural. A broadcast of the unveiling will be shared on Facebook after the event

Regina campus - September 21 - 29, 2021

The Indigenous Students’ Centre will be handing out orange shirts (while supplies last) September 21 - 29, to students who share a written commitment on the Every Child Matters: Every Child Should Feel……. at school bulletin Board. There will be two boards on the Regina Campus, one in the library and one in the hallway outside of the Indigenous Students’ Centre.

Event: Tipi Raising/Women’s Pipe Ceremony and Teaching/Smudge Teachings
Date: September 28, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Front lawn
Details: Traditional practices such as smudging and traditional ceremonies were not allowed in Indian residential schools. Smudging and ceremonial practices are a part of Sask Polytech’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. Please pre-register for this event by email brandi.kohl@saskpolytech.ca.
Event: Morning smudge circle
Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Tipi on the front lawn
Details: Traditional practices such as smudging were not allowed in residential schools.  Smudging is a part of Sask Polytech’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. 
Event: Screening of documentary, Second Stories - It Had to Be Done 
Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Indigenous Students’ Centre, room 153
Details: This short documentary explores the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of two extraordinary women who not only lived it, but who, as adults, made the surprising decision to return to the school that had affected their lives so profoundly. This intimate and moving film affirms their strength and dignity in standing up and making a difference on their own terms.

 

Saskatoon campus - September 29, 2021

The Indigenous Students’ Centre will be handing out orange shirts (while supplies last) to students who share a written commitment to turn reconciliation into action on the Orange Shirt bulletin board. Students who participate will also be entered into a draw for several prizes that will be drawn on September 29 at noon.

 

Sask Polytech has created an Orange Shirt Day Facebook profile frame in recognition of this important day. Search “Orange Shirt Day” in facebook.com/profilepicframes to update your Facebook profile photo.