Events

Sep
30
Fri
Orange Shirt Day 2022 @ Hart House and online
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

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Honour the experiences of residential school survivors by joining a University-wide event to recognize Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students, librarians, faculty and staff may register to attend this event in-person or watch the livestream.

The University of Toronto will commemorate this day of recognition with remarks from Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, and Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, in The Great Hall at Hart House. Andrew Wesley, former Elder-in-Residence at First Nations House, will provide the keynote address: “Twelve Steps to Spiritual Renewal, Healing, and Forgiveness: Reflections on my Residential School Experience.”

Visit the event website to register to attend in person, or watch the livestream on YouTube.

Other ways to participate

Purchase an Orange Shirt Day Shirt:

All members of the University community—and Canadians nationwide—are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of reconciliation. Doing so affirms that “Every Child Matters.”

The University of Toronto Bookstore, in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, will have a limited supply of Orange Shirt Day shirts available for purchase.

All proceeds from the sales of the shirts are being directed to Indigenous community organizations—no proceeds will go to the U of T Bookstore or the University of Toronto.

Participate virtually:

We also invite and encourage all U of T community members to use the Orange Shirt Day icon as their profile photo and use the virtual backdrop (available for download below) on Teams or Zoom calls the week of September 26.

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Learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

Jun
16
Fri
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: Welcome Event
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Jun
20
Tue
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: Immigration Advising Session #1
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Jun
21
Wed
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all day

Indigenous dancers wearing colourful regalia dancing on a large playing field.

On June 1, the University of Toronto celebrates the beginning of National Indigenous History Month.

On June 21, we also celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, which coincides with the summer solstice and affirms the traditional importance of this time for many Indigenous peoples and communities.

Find full details and events here.

Jun
28
Wed
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: Off-Campus Housing Workshop
Jun 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Jul
11
Tue
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: University Health Insurance Plan Session
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Jul
27
Thu
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: Learning in Engineering Session
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Aug
8
Tue
First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program: Immigration Advising Session #2
Aug 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Are you a new first-year international EngSci student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international U of T Engineering students are eligible to participate in this program. 

Find full details and registration for E-Buddy events here.

Sep
29
Fri
Orange Shirt Day 2023 @ Hart House and online
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Honour the experiences of residential school survivors by joining a University-wide event to recognize Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Students, librarians, faculty members, and staff can register to attend this event in person or watch the live stream.

The University of Toronto will commemorate the day on Friday, September 29th with remarks from Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Rose Patten, Chancellor, University of Toronto, in the Great Hall at Hart House. David Kim, Warden, Hart House, will host the commemoration.

Following those remarks, Grant Hurley, Canadiana Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Mikayla Redden, Information Services & Instruction Librarian, New College Library, and Desmond Wong, Outreach Librarian, OISE Library, will engage in a panel discussion on making Residential School Survivors’ stories accessible at the University of Toronto Libraries. Angela Henshilwood, Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library, is moderating the discussion.

Orange Shirt Day has been observed on September 30th annually for several years. In June 2021, the Federal Government passed legislation formally recognizing September 30th as the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

For more information regarding speakers, how to register and more, please visit the Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Commemoration event page.


Other ways to participate

Purchase an Orange Shirt Day Shirt

All members of the U of T community are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 29-30 in the spirit of reconciliation. Doing so affirms that “Every Child Matters.”

In recognition of Orange Shirt Day 2023 and the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives has again partnered with the U of T Bookstore for a limited supply of orange t-shirts.

MJ Singleton, an Ojibwe, two-spirit student from Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation who is studying at the University of Toronto Mississauga, designed this year’s t-shirt. Their design, titled noojimo’iwe, emphasizes the importance of healing the intergenerational trauma of residential schooling by supporting and loving those around you. The design depicts three children holding hands, with flowers blooming around them.

All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be directed to Indigenous community organizations—no proceeds will go to the U of T Bookstore or the University of Toronto.

Visit this site to purchase a shirt or learn more about MJ Singleton’s design.

Participate Virtually in Orange Shirt Day

We also encourage all U of T community members to download and use the Orange Shirt Day icon as their profile photo and use the virtual background on Teams or Zoom calls the week of September 25-30 featuring MJ Singleton’s design.

Visit this site to download the icon or virtual background.


Learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

Dec
6
Wed
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women @ In-person and online
Dec 6 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

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Care, Healing, and Justice: Addressing Transmisogyny and Ending Gender-Based Violence for All

On December 6, U of T joins communities across Canada in remembering the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at the engineering school at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989.

AGENDA

All students, staff, faculty, and librarians are welcome to attend this tri-campus event to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Our program includes:

  • In-Person Only: Sign-In Opens at 11:30 a.m.
    • Please arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to facilitate sign-in (registration for the in-person event is required in advance)
  • In-Person Only: Welcome Lunch, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Opening Remarks and Welcome, 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Awards Presentation and Memorial, 12:50 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Keynote Presentation, 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
  • In-Person and Virtual: Closing Reflections, 2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • In-Person: Optional Decompression Activity, 2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Register to attend in person in the Great Hall at Hart House or join virtually on YouTube.


MEMORIAL

This memorial, led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, will honour the lives of women impacted by gender-based violence. It will include a musical performance.

Keynote Presentation: care, healing, and justice: addressing transmisogyny and ending gender-based violence for all

This event will include a keynote presentation from a Toronto-based writer and performer on the rise in transmisogyny and violence against queer and trans women globally. Together, we will co-create a space for healing, and move towards meaningful, intersectional action that prioritizes an end to gender-based violence for all.