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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is on Monday, September 30, 2019

A Message from our Superintendent Joan Carr

"The residential school experience is one of the darkest, most troubling chapters in our collective history." 

— Justice Murray Sinclair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chairman

Education is a powerful tool.  It is truly heartbreaking when that tool is misused, for it affects the lives of our most vulnerable, our children.  On Orange Shirt Day, we acknowledge Canada’s Indigenous history and remember all the children and families whose lives were irrevocably changed through the tragedy that is to be found in residential schools.  It is a time to honor those who survived, and to remember those who did not.

Orange Shirt Day finds its roots in the story of Phyllis Jack Webstad, a 6-year-old girl who was stripped of her shiny, new orange shirt when she entered a residential school.  You can see Phyllis tell her moving story below.

A date in September was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is also 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. 


Stay tuned to the Safe and Caring website for: Orange Shirt events and activities in your area, and ideas on how you and your school can be involved!

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