Orange Shirt Day “Every Child Matters”

Orange Shirt day is an annual reminder to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening. It is 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. We honour all those affected by Indian Residential Schools.

Students and staff at Sunset Elementary School celebrated Orange Shirt Day this year by reminding each other of their positive qualities. They then created a tree on which every student’s qualities were showcased on a heart shaped “leaf”. Shayla Fraser and Janice Ellis created the activity and the tree, which was a common “stop” for parents and students alike.

Fort Rupert Elementary School received a generous donation of Orange Shirts for each student by the HEU Indigenous Peoples Committee. They proudly wore their shirts and came together to play.

Alert Bay Elementary School observed Orange Shirt Day on September 26th. Mrs. Gloria Cole led the classes in lessons about residential school stories and history and shared Phyllis Webstad’s book, The Orange Shirt Story.

The staff at the School Board Office took part in Orange Shirt Day as well. A photographer happened to walk into the office just as they were trying to figure out who was going to take the picture. Perfect timing!