ULFA statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and is also Orange Shirt Day. This day is both important and difficult, as a time for remembering Indigenous children and families harmed by Canada’s residential school system, for recognizing the continued effects of settler colonialism and intergenerational trauma, and for reacting by taking meaningful action. 

The University of Lethbridge’s activities are paused on this day, not as a holiday, but to provide time for collective reflection, learning and healing. ULFA wishes to express its solidarity with all those in our Membership and our community who continue to be affected by our colonial past and present.  

Here are some ways to get involved: 

Supports are available here: 

Within Lethbridge and the University of Lethbridge: 

  • Learn about and donate to Sage Clan (they are having a fundraiser Friday 1:30 at Analog Books in cooperation with New West Theatre and storyteller Katie-Jo Rabbit and a vigil behind the Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m.); 
  • Learn more about the University of Lethbridge’s new Iikaisskini Indigenous Services
  • You can donate here to the Iikaisskini Student Initiatives Fund in support of Indigenous students at the U of L; 
  • The University of Lethbridge’s home page lists information concerning this week’s activities; 
  • The new language in our Collective Agreement around evaluation of Indigenous Members’ Work (Article 23.03) was crafted in consultation with Indigenous members and follows the spirit of the TRC Calls to Action 62 and 63. 

ULFA’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee
on behalf of ULFA