UBC Press Picks: Orange Shirt Day

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019

September 30, Orange Shirt Day, is a day to recognize and honour the experiences of residential school students and survivors. Below are five books to help you learn and reflect about residential schools. Visit to learn more about the legacy of residential schools in Canada. Visit the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre for additional resources and activities happening on the UBC campus.



Unsettling the Settler Within
Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada

Paulette Regan; Foreword by Taiaiake Alfred

Unsettling the Settler Within is a powerful call to action that lays bare the myth of the peacemaking settler and points the way toward a meaningful reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians grappling with the legacy of the Indian residential school system.


Power Through Testimony
Reframing Residential Schools in the Age of Reconciliation

Edited by Brieg Capitaine and Karine Vanthuyne

This volume assesses the power of residential school survivors to reframe – through memory, story, and testimony – how Canadians think about residential schools and their long-term impact on individuals, families, communities, and the nation.


Decolonizing Education
Nourishing the Learning Spirit

Marie Battiste

In Decolonizing Education, Marie Battiste documents the nature of Eurocentric models of education, and their devastating impacts on Indigenous knowledge.


Knowing the Past, Facing the Future
Indigenous Education in Canada

Edited by Sheila Carr-Stewart

Knowing the Past, Facing the Future offers a sweeping account of Indigenous education in Canada, from the first treaty promises and the failure of government-run schools to illuminating discussions of what needs to change now to work toward reconciliation.


What We Learned
Two Generations Reflect on Tsimshian Education and the Day Schools

Helen Raptis, with members of the Tsimshian Nation

Stories of Indigenous children forced to leave their communities to attend residential schools have haunted Canadians in recent years. Yet most Indigenous children in Canada attended "Indian day schools." Although church and government officials often kept detailed administrative records, little is known about the actual experiences of the students.

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