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Orange shirtThe Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre is hosting events in cyberspace on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in observance of Orange Shirt Day.

Events to raise awareness of legacy of residential schools

The Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre is hosting events in cyberspace on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in observance of Orange Shirt Day, designated to promote awareness in Canada about the Indian residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities.

“We are inviting the campus community to consider the legacy of the Residential School system in Canada, to participate, and to learn,” says Kat Pasquach, outreach co-ordinator for Turtle Island.

A film screening presented in partnership with Arts Council Windsor & Region, St. Clair College Indigenous Student Services, and VUCAVU is part of the series “We are Not a Phase.” Get more information on the event Facebook page.

Pasquach will moderate a presentation by Jay Jones entitled “the Legacy of Residential Schools” via Zoom at 7 p.m. Jones is the son of Susie and Vernon Jones, both Shingwauk Residential school survivors. He considers himself a “first generation out survivor,” but he is also a fifth generation Indian residential school survivor. Register for the discussion online.

Pasquach also encourages people to wear an orange shirt and learn more about the residential schools system. She suggests these resources to get started: