PRPS recognizes Orange Shirt Day

PRPS recognizes Orange Shirt Day
Posted on 09/27/2018
A bulletin board display featuring Orange Shirts in recognition of Residential School survivors

Orange Shirt Day was started by the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in 2013.

It grew out of Phyllis' story, a young Indigenous student, who had her shiny new orange shirt taken away and replaced with a uniform on her first day of school at the Mission. Phyllis’ story symbolizes much including the loss of identity for our Indigenous Peoples. It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion going about the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and specifically residential schools. 

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Perth Road PS had many classes learn about reconciliation or "learning to become friends". Some younger classes discussed the meaning of the theme "Every Child Matters" while older student are exploring age appropriate information on residential schools in Canadian history.