On Monday September 30th, Woodland Cultural Centre will be welcoming schools across Ontario for a day of education, truth, and reconciliation on the nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. This is a full day of events, speakers, and workshops running from 9:30am – 2pm and has been specifically programmed for students Grade 5+.
Space is very limited for this event
What is Orange Shirt Day?
Orange Shirt Day is a a day where the entire country comes together, wearing orange, to recognize and acknowledge the history of Residential Schools in Canada. Our goal is to ensure education systems and schools participate in a meaningful experience related to the history and legacy of Residential Schools.
Our education staff has carefully crafted our programming to teach students and teachers, to help them understand the effects of the Residential School system and create a deeper more meaningful connection to the Indigenous roots of Canada.
** VERY LIMITED SPACE so please email email@example.com Immediately to secure your spot **
Why Bring Your Class?
The province of Ontario continues to work in partnership with Indigenous partners, such as Woodland Cultural Centre, to enhance the Ontario curriculum in order to support mandatory learning of residential schools, treaties, the legacy of colonialism, and the rights and responsibilities we all have to each other as treaty people.
Curriculum revisions occurred in the summer of 2016 and the winter of 2017. These revisions were guided by residential school survivors, First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners as well as education stakeholders. The revised curriculum includes: Social Studies (Grades 4 to 6) and History (Grades 7, 8 and 10). This revised curriculum was implemented in all schools in September 2018. Woodland Cultural Centre is a community partner to help support this initiative.
Our full day schedule has been specifically planned with these curriculum revisions in mind and it’s a great way for you to not only teach about the history and culture of Indigenous Peoples of Canada, but also allow the students to experience it first hand.
We are only offering 200 spots to Ontario students for this special interactive day of learning, sharing, and unity. Cost for the day is $15/child.
If your school or class is interested in securing your spots, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to space availability and distance, we know not every school is going to be able to come to our gathering. We encourage you to still participate in this national day. Make sure to let all parents know that September 30th, 2019 is Orange Shirt Day. We also offer our “Every Child Matters” Orange Shirts for sale for $20 each. All proceeds from T-shirt sales go towards the Save the Evidence Campaign to preserve and restore the former Mohawk Institute Residential School as a historical site.
We ask all interested schools to send these order forms home with their students and submit final numbers to Woodland Cultural Centre by SEPT 6TH so we can have all shirts distributed before Orange Shirt Day.
On September 30, 1973, just 50 years ago, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad’s new orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in British Columbia. That act has come to symbolize how Indigenous culture has been stolen from generations of Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations across Canada, and the lasting damage this has caused. As Mohawk Institute Survivor Tony Bomberry reminds us, “residential school is the only school where you didn’t graduate – you survived.” Sadly, we know not all children who were brought to the Institute did survive. The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation provides the chance to reflect on this history and how the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can be healed. It is not easy, and it will take time, but it is possible, provided there is a willingness to understand the hurt of the past and see the possibility of a new relationship. Truth requires the recognition of a dark history and its on-going impacts. Reconciliation (or as Metis Scholar David Garneau has pointed out the more appropriate term “conciliation”), requires an awareness and appreciation of “the other.” The word “Canada” comes from the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) word kaná:ta meaning a village. Based in a Rotinonhsyón:ni (Hodinohsho:ni) worldview, it means that everyone has a role and responsibility, that everyone is cared for, that no one goes without, and that we keep each other safe and maintain peace in our community. While the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada has often been at odds with the spirit of the word kaná:ta, at Woodland Cultural Centre we are grateful to all who are helping build a kinder, more inclusive, and just future for this territory. My hope is that we will all find truth and conciliation in kaná:ta. Heather GeorgeExecutive DirectorWoodland Cultural Centre#TruthandConciliation ... See MoreSee Less