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We recognize September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

On Thursday, September 30, the College will recognize our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We will come together as a community to remember the legacy of residential schools and the enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples. This new “holiday” coincides with Orange Shirt Day, initiated by Phyllis Webstad to both remember her traumatic experience attending a residential school and to honour residential school survivors and their families. Visit this link to learn more about Phyllis Webstad’s story.

Through assemblies and classroom discussions, teachers and students will explore ways in which we, as individuals and as a community, can deepen our understanding of this moment in Canadian history and determine what we can do to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples. Justice Murray Sinclair, chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, has often said that education is the path to help us to build trust and community. We recognize that September 30 is an important day to observe, and we are committed to embedding Indigenous wisdom and ways of knowing into our curriculum. As a community, UCC is committed to ongoing conversation and action as we work towards reconciliation.

We ask that all students and employees wear an orange shirt to school on September 30. (Other parts of the school dress code still apply.)

Tina Jagdeo
tjagdeo@ucc.on.ca
Prep Pluralism Coordinator