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    The Importance of Teaching Our Younger Generation the Meaning of Orange Shirt Day

    The Importance of Teaching Our Younger Generation the Meaning of Orange Shirt Day

    In recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day, my colleagues and I at AiM Land, would like to encourage dialogue around the importance and meaning of this day

    What is Orange Shirt Day?

    Orange Shirt Day is the legacy of a St. Joseph Mission’s student Phyllis Webstad. Phyllis first shared her story at a St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion event held in Williams Lake, British Columbia, in the spring of 2013.

    Phyllis recounted, as a little six year old, on her first day at the residential school, she was stripped of her clothes, that included the new orange shirt her grandmother bought her. She never saw her shirt again. The orange shirt is now worn as a symbol for all the indigenous children that were stripped of their identities while being kept in the institutional residential school system.

    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

    Today, September 30th, was chosen to symbolize the time of year when Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in residential schools. In support of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, people from all over the world are encouraged to wear an orange shirt as a way to acknowledge the suffering of our indigenous children.

    I am teaching my children the truth of community’s history, with the hope they will grow up in a world where differences are not only accepted but supported.

    The sad truth is that residential schools are part of Canada’s history, and more importantly, the impact these institutions have had on our Indigenous communities across Canada. Teaching my children about residential schools is my commitment to raising awareness of the injustice that was done to so many children and the long-lasting impacts the residential institutions have had on our communities.

    Every Child Matters

    Today, I want my children to know that every child matters, that diversity matters, and that we as a nation, accept and support all unique identities and cultures. To honor all of the Indigenous children of the past and the future, please join us by wearing your orange shirt today – September 30th, 2021

    Project Manager – Indigenous Engagement
    Aim Land

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    Gabrielle Leakes
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