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Orange Shirt Day 2022


The Government of Canada has proclaimed September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day will honour survivors, their families, and their communities. It will also ensure that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. All Division schools and sites will be closed for September 30.

Wear Orange on September 29

Orange Shirt Day is a time to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors and the children who never got to go home. It is observed on September 30 each year because this is the time that many Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities. For the second year, this date will be commemorated as a federal holiday, and therefore ECSD schools will observe Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 29. If you have questions on what your child's school is doing to commemorate this day, please contact the school's Principal or their Truth & Reconciliation Lead Teacher.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

It is through actions like the sharing of the story of Phyllis Jack Webstad, a 6-year-old girl who was stripped of her new orange shirt when she entered a residential school, that people across our nation will come to know the truth. Only then can we begin the process of reconciliation.

About the Artwork

The Artwork for Orange Shirt Day in ECSD was created by Métis Artist Angie Hall. Ceremonial moccasins have been lovingly handcrafted by Indigenous families for centuries. Designed to honour the gifts of Creation and protect the wearer by keeping them on a good path. Our orange shirt design represents the children of the four directions who were impacted by residential schools on Treaty Six Territory. The toes point downward representing children standing at the doors of the schools. The three strands represent the Mind, Body and Spirit connections that were severed when the children’s moccasins were taken away.

Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Imagine a Canada

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund 

Pope Francis apology to Indigenous peoples for abuses in church-run residential schools 

CBC Kids - What is a residential school?

Mapping the missing: Former residential school sites in Canada and the search for unmarked graves

Empowering the Spirit - Orange Shirt Day and Beyond

UNCOVERED: Truths About Indian Residential School

10 Days of Truth and then Reconciliation  

Urban Iskwew Colouring Pages

Residential Schools - Inuit Experience  

Residential Schools - Métis Experience 

Residential Schools - First Nations Experience 

CBC - Did you live near a residential school?

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