On Orange Shirt Day, our Education Undergraduate Society held a virtual gathering of students, staff and faculty. They met to promote awareness of the residential school system, honour survivors, recognize the impact that the system has had on Indigenous communities and continues to have on society as a whole, and commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Below is a message from our EUS about Orange Shirt Day: 

The Education Undergraduate Society’s Dedication to Reconciliation, Support, and Continuous Learning. 

As future educators, we must dedicate ourselves to reconciliation and use our voices to bring people together, spread awareness about residential schools’ legacy, and prove that every child matters. 

We are responsible for opening our hearts and minds to continuous learning and encouraging everyone to listen to residential school survivors and remember those who have passed. 

Each year, Orange Shirt Day reaffirms and reminds us that every child matters and every survivor matters. Reflecting on those stories and teachings, participating in the events, and wearing an orange shirt is a good first step. We vow to continue these practices every year and to encourage future EUS executives to dedicate the month of September to remember the legacy of residential schools and the children who attended that deserved the world and more. Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30th in honour of residential school survivors and in memory of those who did not.

- MRU EUS Executives 2020 

Here is a list of books related to Orange Shirt Day and residential schools:  

When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett. 

I am not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell