Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30 to honour, acknowledge, and remember those who have been affected by Residential Schools. Since campus is closed on September 30 and we cannot all be together, library employees will wear our orange shirts and pins on September 29 in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day facilitates global conversation and meaningful discussion about the legacy and impacts of Residential Schools in Canada. We call upon our campus to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those who are not with us today.
We, as a library, wear our orange shirts and pins to signify that we stand in solidarity with survivors and those who have been affected by the harmful legacy of Residential Schools in Canada. We continue to create space amongst our team to learn and acknowledge the ongoing legacy and trauma of Residential Schools.
What is the library doing beyond Orange Shirt Day?
The UBC Okanagan Library is committed to implementing the Indigenous Strategic Plan and assembled the Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) Working Group in the winter of 2020. The ISP Working Group has been working to implement UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan and more largely the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The ISP Working Group is committed to the important and long-term work of reconciliation.