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Dana-Lyn Mackenzie addresses the crowd at Orange Shirt Day in 2022.

September 30, 2023

Intergenerational March to commemorate Orange Shirt Day


For those who took part in the march, we thank you for attending. We invite you to share your thoughts and send messages of solitary to our speakers and organizers of today’s event. 

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This event was led by Applied Science and Land and Food Systems and supported by the President's Office at UBC. 

Join us for an intergenerational march to commemorate Orange Shirt Day (OSD). Members of the UBC community, families and those in solidarity are welcome to participate. The march is intergenerational, and aims to be educational and supportive to the Indigenous community on campus and beyond. Educational activities will allow younger participants to connect with the original inhabitants of the land and plant a seed to continue these conversations about a difficult era in Canadian history at home. 

Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) 

All Day Offerings

We encourage you to stop by the open area outside the UBC Bookstore to purchase food, educational materials, and t-shirts. Food trucks, a bannock maker, and the UBC Bookstore trailer will be on site from 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

T-shirt proceeds are donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. If you would like to donate directly, please visit the IRSSS website.

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society training dogs and handlers will join attendees at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre to provide support during the march. 

Bathrooms will be open along the marching route. 

Interactive Map - Read Speaker Bios and view the march route 


11:45 a.m.Participants gather at outdoor ‘amphitheatre’Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre
12:00 p.m.Event starts and Dana-Lyn Mackenzie, member of the Hwlitsum First Nation and Senior Manager of EDI.I for the Faculty of Applied Science, introduces ElderIndian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre
12:05 p.m.Opening by Elder Doris Fox from MusqueamIndian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre
12:20 p.m.Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolfpack), a traditional Coast Salish song and dance group, performIndian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre
12:50 p.m.Dana-Lyn outlines route, identifies volunteers, and explains the march map and QR codeIndian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre
1:00 p.m.March begins with placards and informational signage along the wayFrom Dialogue Center down Main Mall
1:45 p.m.Speech by Elder John Jones of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, a survivor of the Alberni Residential School Reconciliation Pole, end of Main Mall, near Forestry Building
2:15 p.m. Closing words from Dean Rickey Yada and Dean James OlsonReconciliation Pole, Main Mall
2:25–3:00 p.m.Volunteers available to collect messages of support and solidarity to the speakers, especially the EldersReconciliation Pole, Main Mall
2:30 p.m.Danilo Caron, march co-organizer, PhD student in civil engineering and Indigenous Student Engagement Coordinator for UBC Engineering Academic Services, outlines activities, thanks volunteers, directs to final activitiesReconciliation Pole, Main Mall
2:30 p.m.All participants can add written messages of support, solidarity and handprints to the cairnMain Mall, Engineering cairn outside of the Kaiser building
3:00 p.m.Intergenerational March Concludesn/a

More Information

  • The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre provides OSD resources and events throughout September. 
  • Take Weaving Relations, a self-directed Canvas course which provides Indigenous awareness training. Available to UBC students, staff, and faculty. 
  • Check out media from years past to learn more about the Intergenerational March to commemorate OSD. 

Date + Time

Sat, September 30, 2023
11:45am - 3:00pm


In Person Event

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

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