Recognizing Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This message is being shared on behalf of The First Peoples Indigenous Centre. Please direct any questions

Today, Friday, September 30, the Durham College (DC) community is invited to take time to acknowledge Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is an opportunity to honour Residential School survivors, their families, and communities and reflect on the history and legacy of residential schools as a vital component of the reconciliation process.

In recognition of this important day, the flags at the Whitby and Oshawa campuses have been lowered to half-mast, and a special ceremony will be held this afternoon in the Naanaagide’endamowin Courtyard from 1 to 3 p.m. Another form of recognition today will take place at sundown, when the Centre for Collaborative Education here at the Oshawa campus, as well as our main building at the Whitby campus, will be illuminated orange.

We hope you will take advantage of the many resources and learning opportunities available to assist in increasing an understanding of the past while recognizing our role and responsibility in reconciliation and working towards a future as friends and allies.