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Saturday, Sept. 30 is Orange Shirt Day, an annual Canadian movement to recognize the injustices of the residential school system.
Why is it called Orange Shirt Day?
It’s celebrated because there was a little indigenous girl sent to a residential school, where people try to make indigenous children forget their indigenous beliefs and culture and make them Christian. If a child did anything that had to do with their old culture, they would be punished. This particular girl was ready to attend school and her grandmother bought her a new orange shirt. When she arrived at the residential school, the teachers ripped her shirt off, cut her hair and changed her name to Phyllis. Almost 50 per cent of the children who went to residential schools never made it home. We wear orange shirts to remember both those who died and who survived.
Why is it important?
It’s important because it will help raise awareness, and hopefully learning about our past means that it won’t happen again.
What is UCC doing about it?
To create awareness about this day, UCC is sharing daily announcements about the residential school system and Orange Shirt Day all week. The boys in Primary Division will have a presentation at assembly on Friday. The boys in Year 5 will wear orange shirts on Friday to prompt questions and conversations. We’re also sharing awareness with you in this Heads Up.
Join the movement and wear orange on Saturday.
By Zachary Hixon, Dennis Lu and Malek Elhaddad
Blue: Whole School
Yellow: Upper School
Red: Prep School
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