Assemblies and Special Events
Orange Shirt Day Assembly on September 29th
Fort Rouge school with start the morning to honour and remember the children who were take to residential school and for those who did not return home. The theme of the assembly is identity, because that is what many children lost while at residential schools. All students will be encouraged to learn about their own identity through being learners, leaders and kindness based on lessons shared in the classroom over the week.
To support the learning happening in the classroom we ask that your child wear something that is orange on September 29 to acknowledge and honour all of those who have survived residential schools and to commemorate all of those who have not.
Wearing orange is symbolic to the experience of residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad whose orange shirt was taken away upon her arrival at residential school. It is now representative of the loss of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by generations of Indigenous peoples impacted by the legacy of residential schools.
September 30 is a federal statutory day is recognized as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day to honour, acknowledge, and reflect. There will no school.
This is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80. The Act calls upon the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, “to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that the public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process”.