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Orange Shirt Day — September 30, 2018

September 28, 2018 — Sunday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, a day on which we commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools.

Because September 30 falls on a Sunday this year, Provincial Office staff and local leaders attending Provincial Council will be wearing orange shirts on Friday, September 28, to honour the children who survived the residential school experience, and to remember those who did not.

Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day

The significance of the orange shirt stems from the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a First Nations girl whose new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, was taken away from her on her very first day at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake, B.C.

“Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for OSSTF/FEESO members across the province to talk with colleagues and students about the dark legacy of residential schools,” said President Harvey Bischof. “If we are to work toward reconciliation, we must be willing to consciously explore the enormous injustice inherent in the residential school experience.”

OSSTF/FEESO has developed First Nations, Métis and Inuit curricular resources, including Common Threads V – Full Circle, to help educators explore Indigenous issues. We have also recently launched a workshop for members called Anji-bmaadzi-win: Beginning to Understand Truth and Reconciliation.

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