September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) and there are numerous events, programs, and activities scheduled for the Western and Ivey communities that offer space for personal reflection, and commitment to engage in reconciliation.
The Ivey community is encouraged to wear orange t-shirts or ribbons, participate in events this week, and engage in personal reflection in recognition of NDTR.
Orange ribbons will be available throughout the Ivey building on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 and/or community members can wear orange or the official 2021 Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day t-shirt.
“Wearing orange is a way we can recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and honour survivors of residential schools, and commemorate those who never returned,” said Ivey Dean Sharon Hodgson.
Ivey faculty members are encouraged to start their classes on September 30 with the Western Land Acknowledgement, which pays respect to the Original Peoples of the territory upon which the university is physically located, as well as recognizes the important presence of Indigenous Peoples in educational settings.
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Hodgson also encourages community members to read Call to Action No. 92, which focuses on the role non-Indigenous businesses play in reconciliation in Canada, and make a personal commitment to taking action.
“We hope that through these programs, events, and activities, you will find meaningful ways to contribute to reconciliation,” she said.
Observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives has numerous activities scheduled for the Western and Ivey communities on September 30, including a presentation from Assistant Professor Cody Groat called Understanding Residential Schools and Reconciliation, and a sacred fire. There will also be events to raise orange flags and illuminate the campus with orange lights.