A display in the Campus Bookstore highlights the work of Indigenous writers and artists as a gesture in advance of Orange Shirt Day.
“It’s our small way of acknowledging the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” says staffer Jackie Imeson.
A table greets patrons with books on a variety of related subjects, from The North-West Is Our Mother, a history of the Metis Nation by Jean Teillet, to Ojibway Tales, a collection of stories by Basil Johnston.
Additionally, a shelf nearby stocks products based on works by Indigenous artists: a “Medicine Turtle” jigsaw puzzle designed by Odawa-Pottawatomi artist James Jacko, a porcelain mug featuring the “Strong Earth Woman” painting by Métis artist Leah Dorion, and socks with Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau’s floral patterns.
“These wonderful products can introduce people to the beauty and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures,” Imeson says.
Check out the full collection in the store, located on the lower level of the student centre.
Orange Shirt Day is a national movement to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the spirit of hope and reconciliation to honour former residential school students, their families and communities. Find information about additional ways to participate on the uwindsor.ca/orangeshirtday website.