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Taking up the TRC Calls to Action in our Teaching

September 30, 2021
2:00 PM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT
Online via Zoom
Open To
University faculty and staff
Curtis Maloley

For the past four years, students, staff and faculty have observed Orange Shirt Day to provide space for conversations on the impact of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind, including the legacy of the university’s namesake, Egerton Ryerson. 

The recent release of the PDF fileStanding Strong Task Force Report and Recommendations, opens in new window have made it clear that we all share responsibility to learn and confront both the historical truth of residential schools and the deep colonial legacy that pervades systems of education and knowledge production more widely. 

In this session, non-Indigenous facilitators from the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Library will share resources that educators at X University can use to create learning opportunities related to the TRC Calls to Action for students across all faculties and disciplines.

Session facilitators

  • Curtis Maloley (CELT)
  • Karyn Olsen (CELT)
  • Michelle Schwartz (CELT)
  • Nada Savicevic (CELT)
  • Olivia Wong (Library)
  • Rosalynn Mackenzie (Library)
  • Sara Mazrouei (CELT)
  • Trina Grover (Library)

Automatic captioning will be provided

The event will take place on Zoom. Automatic captioning will be provided.

Let us know if you require specific accommodations

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If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Maloley (Educational Developer, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) at

Orange Shirt Day organizing committee

Orange Shirt Day events are organized by Aboriginal Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education Council, Indigenous Students Association, Student Affairs, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Library, School of Early Childhood Studies, School of Midwifery, School of Social Work, and the School of Journalism.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day takes place annually on September 30 and is a global day of recognition and awareness-raising about residential schools. We commemorate the day by wearing an orange shirt or clothing item.

University community members come together every year in the spirit of truth-telling and reconciliation and to provide space for conversations on the impact of residential schools and their legacy in our community. For survivors of residential schools, Orange Shirt Day reaffirms that their lived experience matters and recognizes the multiple generations who experienced trauma. The entire university community is invited to join the discussion of our collective responsibility to advance truth and reconciliation for generations to come.

The significance of September 

September was chosen because it falls within the time of year in which children were taken from their homes and sent to residential schools. Given it is also at the start of the school year, it represents an opportunity to set the stage and draw awareness to anti-racism and anti-bullying initiatives.

A key initiative as part of Truth and Reconciliation at the university

Orange Shirt Day was identified as a key initiative brought forward by students as part of the university’s Truth and Reconciliation community consultations. 2021 marks the fifth year in which the university has hosted an Orange Shirt Day event.

Learn more in the PDF fileCommunity Consultation Summary Report as part of Truth and Reconciliation.