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Orange Shirt Day

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope, Kelvin staff and students wore orange to mark Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30.

Orange Shirt Day is recognized annually as a way to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and to affirm that every child matters.  It grew from the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion events in Williams Lake, BC May 2013.  It was at this event that former residential school student, Phyllis Webstad, shared a personal story about her time at residential school.  At only six years of age she had her new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, taken from her.  She spoke powerfully of how it seemed to her that no one cared and how it now speaks to the many harms experienced by children in residential schools.  The date is significant because it is this time of year when many children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

Source: "Assembly of First Nations." - News & Media. Assembly of First Nations, 29 Sept. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.


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