ORANGE SHIRT COMMITTEE PRESENTS CHEQUE TO AKWESASNE FREEDOM SCHOOL
In honour of Orange Shirt Day and the recognition of language revitalization efforts, the Orange Shirt Committee proudly presented a cheque for $10,385.44 to the Akwesasne Freedom School today, Oct. 25, 2023.
The funds were raised through orange shirt sales made for the committee’s Orange Shirt Day event at Lamoureux Park. This year’s Orange Shirt Day committee was a collaboration of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, City of Cornwall council and staff, the Children’s Aid Society and the Native North American Travelling College. The committee organized an informative and meaningful event on Sept. 30th that was attended by hundreds of Cornwall, Akwesasne and surrounding area community members. The event featured powerful presentations by Indigenous residential school survivors and community members along with a showcase of arts, food and Indigenous culture.
The committee was proud to support the non-profit Akwesasne Freedom School as they are working to build a new school for their full immersion programming. Operating since 1979, the school is committed to increasing Mohawk fluency, all through private funding and donations.