Orange Shirt Day occurs annually on September 30th which is around the time each year indigenous children were forced from their family homes. In honour of residential school survivors and their families. This year my design was titled “#47” which was my grandmother’s number while she attended St. Joseph’s School.
There are both personal and political significance for me attending a university that is on the grounds of a formal residential school site. As a direct descendant of Chief Shingwaukonce the implications of intergenerational trauma from attending residential schools has filtered into my life and I would like to reconcile with these emotions of anger and hate. My design is meant to depict the resilience of survivors and our ability as a people to endure and adapt in the face of continual oppression. I would like to dedicate this design to my grandmother Louise Pine a survivor of St. Joseph’s School in Spanish, Ontario, the survivors and families, and to the children who never embraced their families again after being forced from their homes.