Today we are honouring ORANGE SHIRT DAY. We are wearing Orange shirts today and have shared a wonderful slide show with the students to teach everyone more about this important opportunity for LEARNING & CARING. Orange Shirt Day is a day of remembrance and an act of reconciliation.
Orange Shirt Day is an annual Canada-wide event to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools. It grew out of a gathering of survivors held in Williams Lake, British Columbia in 2013, where Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph Mission residential school, shared her experience of having her new orange shirt taken on her first day.
It is an opportunity for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Orange Shirt Day officially takes place on September 30th each year. The date was chosen for two reasons: First, it’s the time of year when First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were typically taken from their homes to residential schools, and two, because it helps set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying discussions.