Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and other community members to wear an orange shirt and open up a discussion on all aspects of residential schools.
It is an opportunity to grow our understanding, and to show our support towards reconciliation.
On Monday, Clearview school staff, students, and central office staff wore orange shirts to show respect and reconciliation for those Aboriginals impacted by residential schools.
Clearview Public Schools has made honouring Indigenous students and culture part of their strategic priorities.
“Clearview Public Schools’ staff, students, and central services are wearing orange t-shirts today to help us remember and promote discussion about the devastating impacts of the Canadian Residential Schools System,” said division principal Mark Siemens. “This is an important opportunity for our school community to work towards the recommendations outlined in Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
Six years ago, Williams Lake, British Columbia hosted a memorial event for the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) School. Former students were given a chance to share their memories from their time with one student, Phyllis, telling the story of having her brand new orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school. The poignancy of her tale has inspired schools in British Columbia, and across Canada, to put on orange shirts of their own to celebrate reconciliation in their own communities.