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Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Tomorrow, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day—a day to honour the Indigenous children who survived residential schools and remember those who didn’t. Innisfil Central will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day. Students are encouraged to wear orange tomorrow. There will be activities and lessons in school that will foster students’ understanding of the impact of residential schools.

We observe Orange Shirt Day thanks to the courage of Phyllis Jack Webstad, from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who bravely shared her experiences attending St. Joseph Mission Residential School in British Columbia in 1973. On her first day of school, Phyllis proudly wore an orange shirt given to her by her grandmother. Upon her arrival there, the shirt was immediately taken away from her, marking the beginning of Phyllis’s long separation from her family and community, and from her culture and language.

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