World News – CA – Changed plans for Orange Jersey Day

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The large group march has been canceled but organizations and businesses are invited to recognize the day in honor of residential school survivors

Timmins Native Friendship Center members Jaylin Renaud, from left, Pierre Belec, Nathan Naveau, Meagan McClister, Caitlyn Kaltwasser and Ashley Bourgon, are all set for the upcoming Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday September 30 These members will march in small groups to maintain social distancing amid COVID-19 pandemic in Gillies Lake in honor of residential school survivors They encourage other community organizations to walk around their neighborhood in small groups and post photos and videos on social networks

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The Timmins Native Friendship Center will continue the annual walk in honor of residential school survivors, but in small groups this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic

« At first we were going for a walk and we were going to ask people to come for tea afterwards and social distance, however with the new government regulations we can’t have anything at all, » said Meagan McClister. , Native Court Advocate at the Timmins Native Friendship Center

“As a staff, we will be walking throughout the day at Gillies Lake in different groups of people and we are going to distance ourselves socially for that and we are encouraging other organizations and businesses in town to do the same. same thing and maybe capture some pictures to put on their website or on their Facebook « 

McClister hopes that next year everyone can turn out in large groups, as in the past, to commemorate the residential school experience and raise awareness of Orange Shirt Day

« The reason we’re wearing an orange shirt is because a young girl, Phyllis Webstad, had an orange shirt on her first day of boarding school and they took it off. So that’s kind of for her, in a way we remember from a residential school, that she didn’t have an identity, her culture was taken away, so that’s why we wear the shirt orange in September 30

« And the reason it is in September is that that is when the children were taken from their parents to go to residential school »

« Usually we have speakers who come here and they talk about what they went through in residential schools, their experience, but this year we can’t do that, unfortunately »

In an effort to educate the community about Orange Shirt Day, the Timmins Museum will host an event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.m Sunday, Oct 4 This is the first time that the museum has organized an orange jersey day

Monica Towsley, Program Coordinator at the Timmins Museum, said: “We are doing this in association with the Woodland Cultural Center (in Brantford) They have created this virtual event and are sharing it with any families or organizations who wish to see it People can go to the museum and watch the virtual tour of the Mohawk Residential School. They will also be able to hear testimonials from residential school survivors and participate in a question-and-answer session »

Towsley explained that it’s not like people can join the Zoom session from home They have to register for the event and it’s free And people have to be at the museum to participate in the ‘virtual event

« We are asking people to register only because of COVID-19 because we can only have 20 people in the room so places are limited People need to call and register just to make sure we don’t have too many people or that we don’t have to fire people « 

She encourages people to join the event There will be physical protocols in place

« We want to help people learn more about First Nations as well as the residential schools that some of them must have been in, » Towsley said. « And there are people even in our community who were under obligation to go to this school So it’s just kind of a day to honor those who had to go to residential schools and to educate people so that they know more and that will never happen again, ”Towsley said

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