ORANGE SHIRT DAY at Gledhill is this Monday, September 30th
It is a day to learn, commemorate and celebrate Indigenous culture and history
Orange Shirt Day at Gledhill
Activities and lessons are planned in the school that will foster students’ connection to the Orange Shirt Day motto of “Every Child Matters” and increase understanding of the history and impact of residential schools in age appropriate ways.
We welcome all students and adults to add your own Orange Shirt to our “Every Child Matters Clothesline” which can be found in the front hallway of the school. Your child may be doing this in the classroom, too! The template to create your own shirt can be found here: Orange Shirt Day Tshirt Activity 2019
Staff and students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school on Monday, September 30th to commemorate the day. Any orange shirt will do!
Watch the Blog this week for more Orange Shirt Day resources.
Why Orange Shirts?
Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission residential school, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. Hear Phyllis’ story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=E3vUqr01kAk
Nationally, Orange Shirt Day takes place on September 30th. This is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and provides an opportunity to set the stage for belonging, learning, and active reconciliation for the coming school year. It is also an opportunity for First Nations, Metis, Inuit, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Learn more about Orange Shirt Day http://www.orangeshirtday.org/