This year, our programming has had to adapt to the current COVID-19 restrictions. However, Orange Shirt Day must not be forgotten and we feel it’s critical for us to continue to educate about the importance of wearing orange on September 30th.
Our Virtual Events are filling up quickly, both from schools and families at home. We will have live performances from Indigenous Singer/Songwriter Nick Sherman, sharing his song “The Mush Hole” with us. There are also 2 exclusive, never before seen Survivor Interviews that were recorded specifically for this event.
“What I want for the future generations, the seven generations coming up, is to get back their language, culture and ceremonies. Because that’s basically what the residential schools took away from all us kids that went there. We want them to be aware of these schools and what happened, they should always remember these residential schools and what happened so that none of these schools can ever come in existence again.” –Geronimo Henry, Mohawk Institute Survivor
Our Education Staff has put together an informative Home Study Guide for all of those registered for our online events, so they have a better understanding of the history and significance before attending the actual event. Inside this resource package you will get:
- Personal Letter from our Education Coordinator
- About the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy
- History of Grand River settlement
- Orange Shirt Day background
- Mohawk Institute Residential School history
We will also be providing a POST package to send out to families and educators filled with resources to continue the conversation and dialogue about this dark part of Canadian history.