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Honour the experiences of residential school survivors by joining a University-wide event to recognize Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Students, librarians, faculty members, and staff can register to attend this event in person or watch the live stream.

The University of Toronto will commemorate the day on Friday, September 29th with remarks from Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Rose Patten, Chancellor, University of Toronto, in the Great Hall at Hart House. David Kim, Warden, Hart House, will host the commemoration.

Following those remarks, Grant Hurley, Canadiana Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Mikayla Redden, Information Services & Instruction Librarian, New College Library, and Desmond Wong, Outreach Librarian, OISE Library, will engage in a panel discussion on making Residential School Survivors' stories accessible at the University of Toronto Libraries. Angela Henshilwood, Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library, is moderating the discussion.

Orange Shirt Day has been observed on September 30th annually for several years. In June 2021, the Federal Government passed legislation in 2021 formally recognizing September 30th as the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

Visit the University of Toronto's PSEC page for more information about Orange Shirt Day, including more ways to participate virtually and purchasing an Orange Shirt Day shirt designed by MJ Singleton.


If you require any accessibility accommodation(s), please email [email protected], or call 416-978-8587, and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Commemoration Agenda

10:00 AM

Registration Opens

10:30 AM

Opening Remarks

David Kim, Warden, Hart House

10:30 AM

Land Acknowledgement & Welcome Remarks

Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

10:40 AM

Greetings from the Chancellor

Rose Patten, Chancellor, University of Toronto

10:45 AM

Panel Discussion

11:45 AM

Audience Dialogue with Panelists

12:00 PM

Event Concludes



The Story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad

Orange Shirt Day is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, who in 1973, entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School at the age of six. She was stripped of the orange shirt she was wearing and forced to wear the institutional uniform.

September 30 was chosen to mark the date when trucks and buses would arrive in communities to take children to residential schools. These schools operated in Canada between 1831 and 1996.

Learn more about Phyllis (Jack) Webstad.


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  • Date: Fri, Sep 29, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
    • All Guests


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Great Hall (1022)
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