Orange Shirt Day honours generations of children and their families harmed by the residential school system – Concordia University

Orange Shirt Day honours generations of children and their families harmed by the residential school system – Concordia University

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 202146 Views

Manon Tremblay, a nêhiyaw iskwêw (Plains Cree woman) and Concordia’s senior director of Indigenous Directions, shares her grandmother’s story

September 27, 2021

Manon Tremblay (BA 03) is senior director of Concordia’s Indigenous Directions.

On Orange Shirt Day, my thoughts turn to my kôhkom (grandmother).

For First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, Orange Shirt Day is a day of grief for those we have lost as well as those who have survived but who continue to be haunted by their experiences in residential schools. It is a day where we reflect on this shameful part of Canada’s history: more than 150 years of racist assimilation policies that sanctioned the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families to eradicate our cultures, our languages and our very sense of being.

Read More: https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2021/09/27/orange-shirt-day-honours-generations-of-children-and-their-families-harmed-by-the-residential-school-system.html

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