Orange Shirt Day

Orange shirt day

Orange Shirt Day began from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. In 2013, she shared her story of when her cherished orange shirt was taken from her on the first day she attended the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in William’s Lake, BC.  An orange shirt taken from this one child, is a symbol of the many losses experienced by thousands of First Nations, Mètis and Inuit students, their families and communities, over several generations including: loss of family, language, culture, freedom, parenting, self-esteem and worth and painful experiences of abuse and neglect.  The date of September 30th was chosen because it is the time of year that children were taken from their homes to residential schools, but also because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying within our school for the coming school year.

We will be honoring Orange Shirt day on Wednesday, September 25th, which is also our first assembly afternoon.