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ORANGE SHIRT DAY

September 30, 2016

12:00 am to 11:59 pm.

Everywhere

Alberta

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 The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities (Safe and Caring) has partnered with the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) and several other organizations to help bring Orange Shirt Day to communities across Alberta. Orange Shirt Day is an outcome of the 2013 Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion that took place in Williams Lake, BC. The name stems from a story told by former residential school student, Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, taken from her as a six-year old girl. She spoke powerfully of how it seemed to her that nobody cared and, in this personal way, her story speaks to the many harms experienced by children in the residential schools. On September 30th stand with Safe and Caring Schools and Communities, and the countless others across Canada to participate in Orange Shirt Day. By wearing an orange shirt, we recognize the harm done to residential school students and intergenerational survivors. We also show a commitment to the principle that in schools and communities every child matters! The start of the school year is the opportunity to set the stage for creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe schools and communities. It is also a time to continue the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to learn more about a dark period of time in Canadian history. Let's celebrate the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples and recognize the ongoing healing process. Join us to make schools and communities places where every child matters!

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