Orange Shirt Day 2017
September 29, 2017 - Orange Shirt Day was first held in Williams Lake, BC in 2013 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. This event gets its name from the shiny new orange shirt Phyllis Webstad proudly wore to her first day of residential school, only to have it stripped from her upon her arrival there.
Orange Shirt Day is now held every September 30 across Canada. It is an opportunity discuss all aspects of residential schools, and a show of unity against racism and bullying of all kinds - because Every Child Matters.
Since September 30 falls on a weekend this year, schools across the Division, including High Park, celebrated Orange Shirt Day on September 29. We paid them a visit, and got some great photos - check out the gallery below!