UCDSB to take part in Orange Shirt Day to remember Residential Schools’ dark legacy

September 28, 2017 by

orange-shirt-dayThe Upper Canada District School Board is marking Orange Shirt Day tomorrow.

Staff and students at schools and workplaces across the Board are encouraged to wear an orange shirt or other attire to remember those who suffered under Canada’s residential school system and to mark the need for reconciliation and healing.

The day has become an opportunity to keep alive the discussion on all aspects of residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, in the spring of 2013.

It grew out of a young aboriginal girl’s 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.

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