On Thursday, September 28, each of our schools and offices will recognise Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour the survivors, descendents, and the victims of residential schools. Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation are officially observed on Saturday, September 30 this year.
What is Orange Shirt Day?
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. Having bought a brand new orange shirt to wear for her first day of school, she was quickly stripped of her personal belongings and never had the opportunity to wear her orange shirt again. Phyllis' experience has led to the national recognition of the orange shirt as a symbol of remembrance.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are both recognised on the same day. It is a time to remember the inhumane and prejudicial treatment of First Nations children who were forced to attend Residential Schools throughout Canada. 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 Facebook Page - followers are encouraged to share pictures on the Facebook page.Posted on