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We share a friendly reminder regarding Orange Shirt Day which is held annually on September 30 in Canadian communities with students and staff being encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school that day.

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 as a result of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussing her experience when she arrived at a residential school. 

 The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in B.C.  When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt.  It was never returned.  To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing.  All of us little children were crying and no one cared”.

The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is that every child matters.  Orange Shirt Day was started by Phyllis to educate people about residential schools and fight racism and bullying.

Let’s show our support for Orange Shirt Day on September 30 by wearing orange within Coast Mountains School District 82.

 

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