September 30 | Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day will be acknowledged on Wednesday, September 30th.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school. This commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada started in 2013 when a young student, Phyllis Webstad, had her new orange shirt taken away on the first day of school. This has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
The date was chosen because it was at this time of year in which Indigenous children from across the country were taken from their homes and families to be placed in residential schools. We encourage all members of our UCC community to wear orange shirts in a show of support for the process of Reconciliation and to further discussions in our classrooms about the history and unfortunate legacy of residential schools.
As part of our program on Wednesday, the Middle Years boys will have the opportunity to do a virtual tour of the oldest Residential School in Canada located on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario.
We would like to reach out to any members of our parent community who would be interested in contributing to our Council for Reconciliation. Our next general council meeting will be held virtually during Treaty Recognition week (November 4 – 8). Please contact Peter Gray if you wish to attend or if you have any questions.
Form Advisor, MYP Individuals and Societies Teacher