Orange Shirt Day – September 30

Date posted: September 26, 2019

In the spirit of hope and reconciliation, and to honour residential school survivors and their families, we will be participating in Orange Shirt Day (Monday, September 30).

Orange Shirt Day was started in Williams Lake, British Columbia in May 2013, a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion.

It is designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Why an orange shirt? On her first day at residential school, six-year-old Phyllis (Jack) Webstad had her new orange shirt taken from her. It was gift from her grandmother. You can read Phyllis’ story here – http://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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