Orange Shirt Day Thursday October 1st, 2020

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Orange Shirt Day at Woodville E.S will be held on October 1, 2020. It is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.

Why an “Orange Shirt”?

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”

Want to learn more?

check out this fantastic link. https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day