This Friday, We Observe Orange Shirt Day

CCRCE News: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On Friday, September 28th, CCRCE is encouraging our schools, families and communities to join us as we observe Orange Shirt Day (nationally observed on September 30th).

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day developed from the experience of residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the residential school, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

When Phyllis left her family and arrived at school, her clothing was taken away from her and she was forced to wear the same clothes as everyone else.  No matter how much Phyllis cried, it didn’t matter.  No one listened to her.  Her feelings didn’t matter.  She didn’t matter.  Phyllis was only one of 150,000 First Nations, Inuit & Metis children taken from their homes to attend these schools.

It is important to learn and share the stories of Indian residential school survivors such as Phyllis Webstad.  Learning the legacy of residential schools and the history of Canada’s first peoples is part of our journey towards Reconciliation.

Over the course of this week, CCRCE schools will be introducing learning experiences to engage students in better understanding the history and impacts of the residential school system in Canada.  Did you know that in Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw children were forced to attend the Shubenacadie Residential School?

How can I be part of Orange Shirt Day?

On Orange Shirt Day we are inviting students to honour Residential School survivors and their families by wearing something orange to school on Friday September 28th.  For those students who do not have anything orange to wear, an orange t-shirt cut out will be available at school.

For more information on Orange Shirt Day please visit the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll1pUrK29MM&feature=youtu.be

Wela’liek/Thank you for your support to reconciliation, actively ensuring that “Every Child Matters.”