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Orange Shirt Day: September 30

On Monday, September 30th, UCC will mark National Orange Shirt Day to acknowledge the tragic effects of the residential schools on Indigenous children and families. Students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to show support for reconciliation efforts.

Our Upper School assembly speaker that day is Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. He is a widely recognized speaker and traditional storyteller who has worked extensively with museums, schools, universities, and arts and government organizations, as well as with our own Norval outdoor school, sharing his knowledge about treaty history, Indigenous culture, and related current affairs.

In addition to his assembly talk, Mr. Sault will engage in a discussion about identity with a group of Grade 3 students at the Prep. Later, he will meet with Grade 12 Theory of Knowledge students to talk about forms of Indigenous knowledge.  He will also meet with members of the Upper School’s Truth and Reconciliation Club and attend a meeting of UCC’s Reconciliation Council, which is a group formed in 2018 consisting of students, faculty, administrators, parents, and alumni dedicated to raising awareness of Indigenous issues, rights, and histories, and to working toward implementing specific Calls to Action that have been identified by the school from among the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. All are welcome to attend that meeting.