Orange Shirt Day, Faculty of Forestry, UBC – 30 Sept, 2016

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Why Orange Shirts?
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Wild Salmon Convergence: October 4th-5th

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While we [at the Indigenous Health Garden] work with the soil most days, our health, identity, and ecological/social communities are intricately tied up in the water. From the rains that nourish our medicines to the fish we cook at our feasts, it’s important that we honour and advocate for the water and especially the future of wild salmon. We’re excited to share the news of this upcoming convergence in Secwepemc territory this October!

The wild salmon need our help more than ever, and one way to do that is to appreciate their beauty, strength and resilience in their journey home to play out their birth and death in the Adams River – a river system with some of the oldest geology in BC, and rich in culture and heritage to the Secwepemc and all people who inhabit the region.

Please distribute the attached poster invite far and wide to your friends, families and co-workers to come honour and witness one of the worlds largest sockeye salmon spawning events in the world!

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