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Celebrating Orange Shirt Day
Posted on September 27th, 2016
On September 30th Fort Saskatchewan Next Step is Celebrating Orange shirt day with a stew and bannock lunch at 11:45 am as well as a brief presentation about the residential school system at 11:20 am.
About Orange Shirt Day
Three years ago, Williams Lake, British Columbia hosted a memorial event for the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) School. Former students were given a chance to share their memories from their time at residential schools, and the community took a step toward reconciliation by acknowledging and honouring their experiences.
One student, Phyllis, told a story of having her brand new orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school. The poignancy of her tale has inspired schools in British Columbia, and across Canada, to put on orange shirts of their own to celebrate reconciliation in their own communities. Orange Shirt Day happens this year on September 30, and is an opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and other community members to don an orange shirt and open up a discussion on all aspects of residential schools.