#OrangeShirtDay is to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussions about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy that they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.

Mulgrave invites all Upper School students to bring in a TOONIE donation or more in exchange for wearing civvies with an orange shirt on Wednesday September 30th to show your support.  You can also make online donations to support the cause here at Mulgrave Students Give.

Donations will be directed to the Urban Native Youth Association.

“UNYA’s focus since its inception in 1988 has been to provide meaningful opportunities for Indigenous youth (Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit, First Nations, Status, Non-Status) in the urban setting. Our goal is to be a safe place for Indigenous youth to come and find out about programs and services at UNYA and in the broader community. UNYA strives to support Indigenous youth by providing a diverse continuum of advocacy, preventative and support services that respond to their immediate and long-term needs. Today, UNYA delivers 20+ programs, with 175+ volunteers, 100 staff, and more than 300 community partners.” (from the UNYA website)

This year students are also participating in the Project of Heart initiative in homeroom:

“Project of Heart” is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Its purpose is to: Examine the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and to seek the truth about that history, leading to the acknowledgement of the extent of loss to former students, their families and communities Commemorate the lives of the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of the residential school experience. Call Canadians to action, through social justice endeavours, to change our present and future history collectively. From the beginning of Project of Heart the first act of reconciliation has been the decorating of small wooden tiles that have been installed in various commemoration exhibits across Canada.

Sponsored by Mulgrave Changemakers with support from other student leadership teams. If you have any questions please direct them to Ms T rteibert@mulgrave.com.

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