Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day
Posted on 09/28/2020
Orange Shirt Day

OCDSB students and staff will be participating in Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. 

Orange Shirt Day is a movement across Canada helping to educate students and communities on the history and legacy of Canadian Residential Schools. 

Students will learn about and reflect upon this sad chapter in Canadian history. 

The OCDSB has shared learning resources with educators to discuss these issues in an age-appropriate way. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will also be hosting a virtual event for students in Grades 5 to 12 to hear from survivors and encourage meaningful reconciliation. The event provides an opportunity to learn firsthand from residential school survivors, elders, knowledge keepers, artists and leaders from nations and cultures across the country.

Orange Shirt Day was created during the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project in Williams Lake, BC, in May 2013. Former student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl, which prompted the realization that many survivors have similar stories.

Orange Shirt Day is a day of reflection, to commemorate and remember residential school survivors and the impact on First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Whether learning at school or remotely, students and staff are encouraged to wear a piece of orange clothing to help mark this occasion.

While we mark this day of recognition, it is vital that this learning is part of our curriculum and continues throughout the year.

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