As this year Orange Shirt Day falls on a Saturday, Nechako Elementary School students and teachers will be commemorating this day on Friday, September 29, 2017.
(the date was incorrectly published as September 29 in the school newsletter)
The Importance of Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away 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.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
In the Community
There will be a walk in Kitamaat Village this Thursday, September 28th, to remember the survivors of residential schools. Starts at 10:30 am, with a lunch to follow.