Ablaze in recognition
Sep. 30, 2019 | The Lennoxville community joined forces today to remember those impacted by the residential school system.
Since 2013, people across Canada have joined together in a spirit of reconciliation to remember and honour the 150,000 indigenous children and their families affected by Canadian residential schools. Orange Shirt Day commemorates the experience of Phyllis Webstad, from Dog Creek reserve in British Columbia, who had a new orange shirt her grandmother had given her taken away from her on her first day in residential school. Today marked the third time we have been involved in Orange Shirt Day, joining hundreds of community members from Champlain College, Alexander Galt Regional High School, Bishop's University, and beyond to acknowledge the atrocities and the trauma caused by the Residential School system through a march from the Bishop's University campus to our own. After a short introduction from Mélissa Poirier, the university's Indigenous Cultural Alliance co-leads Shawna Jerome and Alicia Moore spoke, urging attendants to continue having discussions about the effects of residential schools on indigenous peoples. After walking across the river and rallying in front of School House, Head of School Mr. William Mitchell, BCS'63, encouraged students no matter their background or culture to open up a dialogue and remember the children and families affected by residential schools.
Thanks to all those who took the time today to participate in this important event.