In 2023, events to honour Orange Shirt Day included an Intergenerational March hosted by UBC’s faculties of Applied Science and Land and Food Systems, a series of film screenings and discussions hosted by the Centre, crafting workshops at the Centre and the First Nations House of Learning, and a variety of speaker series and lectures. The Chan Centre hosted the Come Toward the Fire | Indigenous Festival that had an Indigenous market and featured Indigenous performing artists. This year, the Centre began the Every Child Matters Quilt Project, where community members were invited to create their own quilt squares to be included in a communal blanket.
Once again, the Centre partnered with Musqueam to install orange and white banners with the phrase ‘Every Child is Important’ in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and ‘Every Child Matters’ in English on campus and at Musqueam.
Artist & Artwork
Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) artist təlnaq̕ə, also known as Alec Guerin, created this year’s Orange Shirt Day T-shirt Design. Learn more about Alec and his 2023 design.
The Centre presented four films followed by conversations over the course of September. These were in partnership with the National Film Board (NFB), Elevation Pictures, and Carrier Sekani Family Services. The Centre screened Bones of Crows, NFB Shorts: “Indian Dialogue” and “PowWow at Duck Lake,” and For Love.
Visit our photo gallery to view photos from this year’s Orange Shirt Day Intergenerational March.