ORANGE SHIRT DAY Logo Contest!
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Services works with teachers and staff in our school district to increase understanding and promote awareness of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
Orange Shirt Day is September 30. On this day we will be raising awareness of the residential school experience and promote that Every Child Matters. This is a time for people to come together and commit to remembering, recovering and reconciling.
The Logo contest will run from April 3 - May 12, 2017. Teachers at each school will share information with students and how they can enter the contest. Winners will be announced in May and t-shirts will be available for order following the closing of the contest.
Prizes, donated by local businesses, will be provided for the winner and the runner-ups of the contest!
Orange Shirt Day began from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. In 2013, she shared her story of when her cherished orange shirt was taken from her on the first day she attended the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in William’s Lake, BC. An orange shirt taken from this one child, is a symbol of the many losses experienced by thousands of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, their families and communities, over several generations including: loss of family, language, culture, freedom, parenting, self-esteem and worth and painful experiences of abuse and neglect. The date of September 30th was chosen because it is the time of year that children were taken from their homes to residential schools, but also because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying within our school for the coming school year.
Information for Parents
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report includes a call to action for federal, provincial and territorial governments to teach students about residential schools. The Alberta government is answering this call to action in it's commitment to "include enhanced mandatory content for all Alberta students on the significance of residential schools and treaties." Below is an article from Cheryl Devin, ATA Walking Together Consultant, to provide support for parents in talking about residential schools with their children.
The TRC Reading Challenge
We encourage staff, students, parents and community stakeholders to take the pledge to read the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Visit The TRC Reading Challenge to sign up and begin reading!