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The University of Saskatchewan Plan 2025 recognizes that, “as a community, we have a shared responsibility to honour and join in the journey of reconciliation” and the truth that “residential schooling exploited education as a tool to destroy identity.”

Together, we can come together in the spirit of reconciliation, work toward rebuilding relationships, and move forward in a good way by sharing the truth of the residential school system.

In 2019, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Indigenous Space and Visual Symbols in the Health Sciences Committee began working with Shop USask to coordinate the sale of non-college-specific orange shirts to help the campus community recognize Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30.

To date — and thanks to widespread interest from individuals and a number of USask colleges and departments placing group orders — orange shirt proceeds totalling nearly $20,000 have been directed toward Indigenous causes such as the Saskatoon Residential School Survivors Circle and an upcoming iteration of the Gathering for miyomahcihowin.

The artwork currently available on these orange shirts was created by local Indigenous artist Kevin Peeace and was commissioned by Dr. Holly Graham, PhD, through her Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing.

The USask Indigenous Space and Visual Symbols in the Health Sciences Committee is co-chaired by Valerie Arnault-Pelletier (Senior Lead, College of Medicine Indigenous Programming and Initiatives) and Dr. Adam Baxter-Jones, PhD (Interim Associate Provost, Health).

“This painting speaks to the importance of our children and future generations. My children both used my grandfather’s moss bag, which has been in the family for over 100 years. The traditional moss bag represents protection; with the child being held, swaddled, and immersed within our culture. The moss bag is both a traditional and practical item that has been used and continues to be used by my family and many of our relatives.”

— Kevin Peeace

To learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the Canadian residential school system, please visit the links below or feel free to begin your own research on this tragic period of Canadian history:

For emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada, residential school survivors can call 1-866-925-4419.

The University of Saskatchewan community is encouraged to access support services through Student Affairs and Outreach by calling (306) 966-5757 or emailing intake@usask.ca.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line is also available to Indigenous peoples across Canada 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention. Toll-free at 1-855-242-3310 or available via online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

  • 100% cotton
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Tear away label
Sizing S M L XL 2XL
Width 17" 19" 21" 23" 25"
Length 27" 28" 29" 30" 31"
Sleeve 7.5" 8" 8.5" 9" 9"