Orange Shirt Day 2020

Posted On Tuesday September 22, 2020
Orange Shirt Day 2020
Orange Shirt Day 2020

Orange Shirt Day  2020 is coming – on Wednesday, Sept. 30 – and schools are being invited to register for this free, online event from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Schools can also register to receive free resources from Monique Gray Smith, a Canadian writer of children's and young adult literature. She is an international speaker and consultant of Cree, Lakota and Scottish descent, based in Victoria, British Columbia.

The District will provide every school library with a copy of the book, Red Wolf, which includes teacher resources as a follow up to Orange Shirt Day. These books will arrive in schools in early October. The Aboriginal Education department is asking schools to send the district a brief description on what they did for Orange Shirt Day so we can report to the Board of Education and the Aboriginal Education Council.

The communications team is asking that schools tag the District, #SD73 in their social media, we will share their messaging across our channels.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada. It has now become a National event to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive.

“The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30 opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools,” said Mike Bowden, District Principal, Education. “It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. 

“A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. It is also an opportunity to look at the power of resiliency, inclusion, and working together for a better future. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.”

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes and sent to residential schools. It is also an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year and for our schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.



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