In honour of National Day of Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day: residential school survivor Deborah Johnson will share her story.

Orange Shirt Day
Posted 2022-08-29

Deborah Johnson of Alkali Lake First Nations is a fourth generation residential school survivor. Join us to hear her story of courage and wisdom.

UBC Sauder HR is pleased to present this event, open to UBC students, faculty and staff.

Deborah Johnson is from Alkali Lake First Nations. She attended the St. Joseph Mission near the city of Williams Lake for five years. She is the fourth generation in her family to attend residential school. Her son is the first generation to not attend residential school.

She is sharing her story in order to help others understand what happened to so many people in Canadian residential schools and to create opportunities for reconciliation with courage and wisdom. Deborah has been speaking for more than ten years, and during that time, many people have shared what an impact her story has had on them and how it has helped them better understand what many Indigenous people have faced. It is with courage and honour that she shares her story with our community. Deborah also expresses courage and hope that she will be able to overcome and live a life of wisdom, courage, residency, despite the many hurts experienced.

This presentation will be online, however UBC Sauder staff and faculty can view the presentation from HA 492, where we will we have some coffee and treats available.

Dean Darren Dahl will be providing openings statements for this presentation.

To attend online:

Please register using the registration form here.

To attend in person:

Please click "join" on the registration page above. Join us in HA492 if you would like to view the presentation in person. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled, grab your coffee, etc. We will be starting the presentation promptly at 9:00 a.m. You can also join us for an Orange Shirt Day photo directly following this presentation.