Orange Shirt Day 2020

On Wednesday, September 30, each of our schools and offices will recognise Orange Shirt Day and the impact of Residential Schools.

We are pleased to congratulate Kinsley Packard from Nelson Heights Middle School for creating the winning design that will be featured on our T-Shirts.

T-Shirts are now available for purchase in School Cash Online for $10. If you already have a School Cash account, you will receive an email indicating that the item is available for purchase. 

The deadline to order a shirt is Sunday, September 13. 

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a time to remember the inhumane and prejudicial treatment of First Nations children who were forced to attend Residential Schools.
When Phyllis Webstad was just six years old, she was taken from her home and boarded at St. Joseph's Mission, a residential school just south of Williams Lake, British Columbia. Her experience has led to the national recognition of the orange shirt as a symbol of remembrance.
Held annually in September shortly after students return to school, we use this day to remind ourselves that each and every child matters. We show that as students, staff, and community members, that we are stronger together when we stand against racism and prejudice. We come together in a spirit of reconciliation in order to provide excellent, equitable education for all students so that they may learn and excel in all aspects of life. 

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Phyllis' Story - YouTube video

Orange Shirt Day Website

Orange Shirt Day Facebook Page - followers are encouraged to share pictures on the Facebook page.

Orange Shirt Day Education and Discussion Guide

A History of Orange Shirt Day

Guide to creating attachment hearts

Teacher Resource Guide - Grade 5

Building Bridges Level 1 (Grade 5 and up)

Building Bridges Level 1 (Grade 5 and up) FRENCH

Building Bridges Level 2 (Grade 8 and up)

Building Bridges Level 2 (Grade 8 and up) FRENCH

Teacher Resource Guide - Grade 10

Teacher Resource Guide - Grades 11 and 12

Gladys We Never Knew: The life of a child in a BC Indian Residential School 

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