Announcing Sprott Shaw College’s latest scholarship for Indigenous students in honour of Truth and Reconciliation Day and the legacy of Indigenous peoples.
Sprott Shaw College would like to honour the first official Truth and Reconciliation Day in British Columbia on September 30th, 2021, by announcing our Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Scholarship.
We are proud to provide this new scholarship while acknowledging and recognizing the history and cultural impact of Orange Shirt Day. This is in addition to the steps we are taking to help make all of our campuses a more inclusive place for our indigenous students, instructors, and staff.
A National Day For Truth And Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation Day was officially announced by the Canadian federal government in the summer of 2021, with the date set for September 30th.
While the official status of September 30th is new, the Orange Shirt Society has been promoting Orange Shirt Day on the last day of September since 2013 as a way to commemorate the survivors of Canada’s horrific residential school system.
September 30th was chosen for Orange Shirt Day because late September was when indigenous children would be taken from their families and placed into residential schools.
This year, Sprott Shaw College partnered with Northwest Coast artist Andy Everson to design and sell orange shirts to raise funds and awareness, with ALL proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society.
Our students, instructors, staff, friends and families showed an unprecedented wave of support that enabled us to raise over $8000!
We would like to encourage anyone still interested in supporting the Orange Shirt Society and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by purchasing an orange shirt to enquire at their local campus. All proceeds will still be donated no matter when you make your purchase.
Shirts will be available after September 30th, while supplies last.
Sprott Shaw College & Indigenous People Acknowledgement
Sprott Shaw College is committed to the principles of inclusivity, truth, and reconciliation. We strive to embody those principles in how and what we teach at our campuses across British Columbia.
Here’s how we’re making that commitment a reality:
- Instructors undertake additional training on the values of inclusively that underpin their choices, comments, and behaviours while teaching
- Curriculum/course content is being reviewed and designed to incorporate and address inclusion and to ensure it is reflected throughout programs, in accordance with The Human Services Curriculum for Inclusivity Review Committee (HSCIRC)
- Sprott Shaw provides access for all staff to complete programs specific to Indigenous, Cultural and LGBTQ2S+ awareness and sensitivity training, and incorporates the teaching of inclusivity in the instructor onboarding and orientation process.
- Special workshops have been and will continue to be provided for all students, instructors, and staff in response to community occurrences and matters of social urgency.
In addition, each of our campuses acknowledges the traditional ancestral unceded shared territory of the indigenous peoples on whose lands we live and work.
Finally, to mark the official adoption of Truth and Reconciliation Day, Sprott Shaw is proud to announce our Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Scholarship.
Truth And Reconciliation Indigenous Scholarship
Sprott Shaw’s Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Scholarship honours our commitment to the calls-to-action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by providing a full scholarship to two non-sponsored First Nations, Métis or Inuit identified persons on an annual basis.
You can find more details on our Scholarships & Grants page.
Additional Grants For Students
We also offer many other scholarships and grants for students at Sprott Shaw College, all of which can be found here. Our most recent scholarship recipients have also been announced in this article: 2021 Sprott Shaw Scholarship Recipients.
For additional information can be found below: