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Orange Shirt Day Fundraiser

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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation falls annually in Canada on September 30. Originally and still colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day, this is a Canadian day of remembrance to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Residential School system which was in existence between 1876 and 1997. Orange Shirt Day was first established as an observance in 2013, as part of an effort to promote awareness and education of the residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century. The impact of the residential school system has been recognized as a cultural genocide, and continues to this day.

In order to continue the spirit of bringing design projects into our larger GNS community and as an example of GNS’ commitment to being active in our own reconciliation process as an organization, we decided to create our own personalized GNS Orange Shirt Day Shirt that can be proudly worn by students, staff, and members of our GNS community.

The design for this shirt was developed through a collaboration with Jamin Zuroski, an award-winning Indigenous artist, graphic designer, and educator. The design features an eagle motif, which is representative of how we, as a GNS community, walk respectfully on these lands, with a tender heart and mind.

Shirts are $20 and available in both adult and youth sizes and can be ordered until midnight on September 10.

All proceeds from the shirt sales will go towards the Residential School Survivors Society, a provincial organization that provides essential services to residential school survivors and families experiencing intergenerational trauma.

Shirts will be delivered during the week of September 25 and will be available for pickup at both the Pemberton Woods and Beach Drive Campuses.