Monday, September 30th is Orange Shirt Day.
“Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’s account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.”
While wearing a t-shirt may seem a small gesture, we hope that it is just one of the ways we mark, remind, educate and dialogue about the legacy of residential schools. The first part of truth and reconciliation, is truth. That means, recognizing the colonial history of Canada. We wear orange in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.
1. Orange Shirt Day Teacher Resources (orangeshirtday.org)
2. Gladys We Never Knew
3. Indigenous Ways of Knowing & more Orange Shirt Day Resources (1-12)
4. For Orange Shirt Day t-shirts and other information, please contact VSB Indigenous Cultural Coorindator, Trudi Harris at email@example.com.