Remembering those affected by residential schools on Orange Shirt Day
October 1, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board honoured Orange Shirt Day this year on October 1. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for everyone to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and to keep discussing openly all aspects of residential schools, something the Upper Grand DSB does throughout the year.
Orange Shirt Day originated in the spring of 2013 as a response to Phyllis’ story about when she had her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at the St. Joseph Mission residential school.
According to the Orange Shirt Day website, “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.”
Since Orange Shirt Day fell on a weekend this year, the Upper Grand DSB observed the day on October 1. Students and staff at all UGDSB sites participated by wearing orange and learning the origin of Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day is one of the many things the UGDSB participates in during the year to teach students and work toward reconciliation.
For more information about First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education at the Upper Grand DSB, visit the board website.
For more information about Orange Shirt Day, please visit www.orangeshirtday.org.