Orange Shirt Day is an event that started in 2013. It was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada.Learn More
Orange Shirt Day 2019 Festivites
2:00 PM FREE CONCERT at TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
The General public is invited to attend Indigenous Performances and Story Telling
Sunday Sept 29/19 - 10:30 AM
Ecumenical Service @ St. Pauls Anglican Church,
59 Toronto St S, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1H1
Bishop Mark MacDonald, the first Indigenous Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada will participate in the service as well as Matthew Stevens, Cultural Coordinator for Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
12 Noon - Orange Shirt Walk
We encourage local families and Culture Days Ontario visitors to join our Orange Shirt Walk from Centennial Park, where our banner and the First Nations cruiser, will lead the walk to Trinity United Church, 20, First Ave, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1M4. ON.
There will be education activities and displays available at the church.
12:30 - 1:45 PM Luncheon at Trinity United Church ($15.00 -Advance Tickets Required): Served downstairs, by Trinity United Church members.
Tickets for the lunch are available at the participating churches and need to be paid and picked up in advance.
2:00 pm Guest Speaker:
The Right Rev. Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canda's first National indigenous Bishop. (Held in the sanctuary)
Bishop Mark MacDonald became the Anglican Church of Canada's first
National Indigenous Bishop in 2007. Bishop MacDonald attended Wycliffe
College in Toronto and served as a priest in Mississauga and in
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and Alaska before his appointment. Bishop
MacDonald is married with three children, and has published several
2:00 - 4:00 PM FREE CONCERT (at Trinity United Church)
Performances and Story Telling
Jacob Charles of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation will introduce the Ashunyung Singers, Dancers and Story Tellers. Indigenous spiritual significance of regalia and The Big Drum will be part of this presentation.
For 2019 we are welcoming the Church of The Ascension - Anglican, Port Perry, and Trinity United Church, Uxbridge, into the planning process for Orange Shirt Day - Uxbridge 2019. This year's activities will again begin with an ecumenical church service followed by a walk, lunch, guest speaker and Indigenous dancers, singers and drummers. We are continuing to raise awareness of Indigenous culture as we continue the journey of healing and reconciliation.
Church of the Ascension, Anglican Church of Canada, Port Perry
Our congregation has been on a journey of learning the Truth regarding Residential Schools, the Indian Act and the terrible affects of colonialism. We have studied the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report, and the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The KAIROS BlanketExercise was a powerful experience for all of us. We are honoured to support and participate in the Orange Shirt Day activities in Uxbridge.
St. Andrews-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, Uxbridge
In 2017 St. Andrew's-Chalmers Presbyterian Church Mission Committee decided to focus their attention on Indigenous issues for the coming two years. The committee decided that education was a key component and we began by holding the Blanket Exercise following a spring church service. We continued the educational theme in the fall with a residential school survivor as our guest speaker. It was decided that we should highlight Orange Shirt Day for this event. Our guest speaker, Mr. Eugene Arcand was a member of the Indian Residential School Survivors Committee Executive which worked closely with the government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Given that we were inviting such a high profile speaker we decided that we should open this event to the public and enlarge the educational opportunity for the entire Uxbridge community. Mr. Arcand spoke to a group of grade 10, 11 and 12 high school students on Friday and then spoke at the Music Hall on Saturday afternoon. Saturday morning we again offered the Blanket Exercise in the park for the community. As a result of these activities, more churches and people in the community joined with us last year and this year we are welcoming the Anglican Church of the Ascension, Port Perry and the Maamawi Collective, represented by Barbara Blower, fundraiser for this year's free public concert, to the planning process for Orange Shirt Day - Uxbridge 2019. This year's 2019 activities will again begin with a community church service followed by a walk, lunch, guest speaker and Indigenous dancers and drummers. We are continuing to raise awareness of Indigenous culture as we continue the journey of healing and reconciliation.
Trintity United Church, Uxbridge
Why Orange Shirt Day?
“A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish, He will faithfully
Bring forth justice.” (Isaiah 42:3)
In the Way of Jesus strength is always used to protect the vulnerable and promote right relationships – what the Bible means by “peace”. However, Christians in the world and the Church as an institution have not always been faithful to this calling. Political, economic and cultural power have at times been misused to dominate others instead of bringing liberation, which is at the heart of the mission of Jesus and therefore the rightful mission of His people.
“And He said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called “Benefactors.” But not so with you…’”. (Luke 22:25,26a)
In Canada notions of cultural and even “racial” superiority have been and often remain a part of euro-Canadian attitudes and actions towards Canadian indigenous peoples. A telling example of this unfolded in the “Residential Schools” movement embraced by our governmental and church institutions.
The legacy of the Residential Schools movement has been devastating for many First Nations individuals, families and communities. Through practices such as Orange Shirt Day Canadians and especially those of us of the Christian faith can both bear witness to and grow to better understand our failure to live the Gospel of Jesus in relation to our First Nations peoples. Join with us in participating in Orange Shirt Day in Uxbridge this year.
In peace, Rev. Kirby Constable
Pastor of Trinity United, Uxbridge
St. Paul's Anglican Church, Uxbridge
Rev. Canon Mark Kinghan and several parishioners attended the
Blanket Exercise put on by St. Andrews-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in
2017, and wanted to help make people aware of the damage done by
residential schools. St. Paul's took part in the 2018 Orange Shirt Day
and are looking forward to participating in the 2019 event.