Intergenerational March to Commemorate Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2021 11:45am - 2pm

Outside the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Kids listening to speaker on National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

A joint STEM faculty event: Applied Science, Land and Food Systems, Science and Forestry

Join us for an intergenerational march to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. Members of the UBC STEM community, families and those in solidarity are welcome to participate. As this event is held on the day and classes are cancelled, we hope that the statutory holiday will allow faculty, staff, students and community members to join the march. The march is intergenerational and aims to be educational, supportive to the Indigenous community on campus and community building. The educational activity will allow younger participants to connect with the original inhabitants of the land and plant a seed to continue these conversations of a difficult era in Canadian history at home.

As the march is all outdoors, we ask that participants ensure to socially distance themselves from people outside their bubble. We will be complying with all provincial guidelines on gatherings.

When: Thursday, September 30th, 2021, 11:45am – 2pm
Where: Outside the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

The faculties are pleased to offer orange t-shirts to faculty, student and staff volunteers, and to the APSC, Science, Forestry and LFS leadership team. The beautiful design of the shirt was created by Shayne Hommy, a grade 11 student in Dawson Creek. $3.00 from each shirt goes to the Orange Shirt Society.

“Orange Shirt Day means justice and awareness for Indigenous people to me. My Moosum attended Residential School so it means a lot to me that some I love and care about so much had to experience residential school. My design is three little indigenous girls from different tribes holding hands to represent the unity of our people (Indigenous People), resiliance and strength throughout the many years of suffering Indigenous Peoples had to face.” – Shayne Hommy

If you would still like to purchase a shirt, at your own expense, you may do so at the UBC Bookstore.


  • Bannock and tea available from 11:45 am by the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in the outdoor area
  • 12:00 p.m. The event begins with some opening remarks and a territorial welcome from a representative from Musqueam
  • 12:20 the march commences
  • March begins 12:20 p.m. from the Dialogue Center down Main Mall with informational signage along the way. There will also be a station with Indigenous language activities for children along the way.
  • 12:50 p.m. arrive at the Reconciliation Pole
  • At the Reconciliation Pole at the end of Main Mall we will hear from an Indian Residential School Survivor, and then have closing words from Land and Food Systems Dean and Professor Rickey Yada and Professor Civil Engineering and Associate Dean, EDI Sheryl Staub-French, Applied Science
  • March continues back down Main Mall to the Engineering cairn outside the Kaiser building
  • 1:20 p.m. arrive at the Kaiser Building
  • Elders, children and others can add messages of support, solidarity and handprints to the cairn
  • March concludes and art work begins
  • 2:00 p.m. art work with participants concludes and the event is complete

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, Senior Manager, EDI & Indigeneity at

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