U of T’s Orange Shirt Day campaign raises more than $34,000

Through the 2023 Orange Shirt Day campaign, the U of T community raised more than $34,000 to increase awareness about the intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools.

The U of T Bookstore and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives partnered on the production of limited-edition orange t-shirts featuring artwork by U of T Mississauga student MJ Singleton, who won a tri-campus design contest. More than 3,400 shirts were sold, with $10 from each donated to the Orange Shirt Society, which supports reconciliation events and activities.

Singleton’s design, titled noojimo’iwe (“she heals” in Anishinaabemowin), emphasizes the importance of healing the intergenerational trauma of residential schooling by supporting and loving those around you. It portrays a mother holding hands and walking forward with her two children.

“Miigwech to students, faculty, librarians, and staff across U of T for your support of the Orange Shirt Day campaign,” said Shannon Simpson, Senior Director of Indigenous Initiatives. “Understanding the truth about Residential Schools is an essential step in the journey towards reconciliation. I hope this initiative has inspired our community to continue its learning and action, not only on Orange Shirt Day but throughout the year.”

Shirts are still available at the U of T Bookstore, and proceeds will continue to be donated to the Orange Shirt Society.