Experiential Education

Indigenous Student Committee

What is the ISC?

In 2019, Indigenous students at Selwyn House came together informally to connect, support one another and talk about what matters to them. With the support of Mr. Deegan and Ms. Prieur, the group has developed ideas and goals that it feels are important to recognize and share with the school community. Their first idea was to create awareness about the significance of Orange Shirt Day and to teach us all about the devastating effects of residential schools in Canada. The boys created a powerful video that was shared widely and sold orange shirts in the hopes that the truth of our nation’s past would be discussed and discovered. Many classes read Indigenous stories and had important conversations about land and reconciliation. 

Throughout the pandemic, the ISC continues to meet when possible over Zoom, discussing art and artifacts that the school could showcase, the creation of a relevant and meaningful land acknowledgement for our community, and various other initiatives that showcase our Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) student community. 

Orange Shirt Day

September 30 was Orange Shirt Day in Canada, a day to recognize the suffering of Indigenous communities brought about by the Indian residential school system, an institution that has been labelled a cultural genocide. The Indigenous Student Committee of Selwyn House sold orange t-shirts throughout the school as a fundraiser for the INDSPIRE organization. Their entire stock of 200 shirts was sold out. Members of the committee also made the video above, in which they recount the history of residential schools.