Lambton College to Participate in Orange Shirt Day to Recognize History of Residential Schools

Updated: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lila Bruyere will no longer be participating in today’s events. However, Lambton College is pleased to welcome Geraldine Robertson from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, also a survivor of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford and the Mount Elgin Residential School in Muncey, Ontario.

In February, Robertson was awarded the Order of Ontario in recognition of her long-standing dedication to exposing the truth about Canada’s residential school system. She also participated in the short documentary titled “We Are Still Here” sharing her memories of residential school. The documentary can be found on YouTube.

SARNIA, September 27, 2018 – For the fourth year in a row, faculty, staff and students at Lambton College will wear orange shirts to acknowledge and raise awareness about the history of the residential school system in Canada.

Friday, September 28, will mark Orange Shirt Day at Lambton College, which is part of a national campaign launched in recognition of the damage done by the residential school system to Indigenous children, their families, and communities. The day represents an opportunity for Canadians to engage in conversations about education and reconciliation.

For awareness purposes, the College’s Indigenous Student Centre accepted orders for orange shirts to be worn across campus and will be hosting an information table in front of the library from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

Lila Bruyere, a residential school survivor from Couchiching First Nation located in Northern Ontario, will also be joining the Indigenous students for the day. Bruyere attended St. Margaret's Residential School in Fort Frances, Ontario.

All proceeds from the sale of orange shirts will go to the College’s 27th annual Pow Wow and Round Dance events, organized by the Indigenous Student Council. Both events are open to the public.

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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