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Orange Shirt Day

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"On this day of September 30th, we call upon humanity to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those that didn’t make it." Orange Shirt Day Website

 

 

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Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc  Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region. 

The events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive, as a result of the realization that every former student had similar stories. Read More from the Orange Shirt Website

Orange Shirt Day (click on the link to see Phyllis' website for more of her story, videos, resources etc.)​

Canadian Residential Schools: The Survivors & Their Descendants

The video is 22 minutes long with information about residential schools at the beginning and a powerful song at the end. 
 

Trigger warning: contains talks of all abuses, images of drugs and alcohol. Teachers please preview first.

See Teaching Compassion and Self-Care poster above.  Please feel free to look at the poster, think about what makes you feel good before you watch the video and return to those thoughts afterwards. Think about what brings you joy and remember you have the power to do what brings you peace when you need to.
RESOURCES & IDEAS: information to assist with
understanding & planning Orange Shirt Day
 
 
 
 
Orange Shirt Template: 

Orange Shirt Template
Print Resources
 
Orange shirt day bookOrange Shirt Day by Orange Shirt Sociey. Edited and Approved by Phyllis Webstad
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the story of a survivor named Phyllis Webstad. When Phyllis was 6 years old she went to residential school for the first time wearing a brand new shiny orange shirt. When she arrived at the school her shirt was taken away and never to be seen again.
Phyllis' Orange Shirt
Phyllis's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad
When Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) turned six, she went to the residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her, but when she got to the school, it was taken away from her and never returned. This is the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt. It is also the story of Orange Shirt Day (an important day of remembrance for First Nations and non First Nations Canadians). Recommended for ages 4-6.
 
The Orange Shirt StoryThe Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad
When Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) turned six, she was sent to a residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she proudly wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her. When she arrived at school she was told that she could not wear her favourite shirt. It was taken away from her, never to be returned. The Orange Shirt Story tells the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt and of Orange Shirt Day (an important day of remembrance for First Nations and non First Nation Canadians).​
 
I was born precious and sacred
I was Born Precious and Sacred by Author: Debra Abood
This book takes simple pictures and words and uses them to illustrate and clarify some complicated issues: belonging within families and cultures, respect for both children and elders in the values they can teach us, and safety for one of our society's most vulnerable and most resilient group of people: children. Debora Abood draws on years of experience working with urban Aboriginal people, as well as victims of trauma, to create an atmosphere of non-judgemental invitation to examine how ancient traditional teachings can point people from all cultures towards healthy recognition of human sanctity. I've seen this book used in schools, public libraries, early learning centres, medical facilities, cultural programs, and independent learning courses. Most importantly, though, my two-year-old loves the pictures and has memorized the refrain of "and this I need to know" that echoes through the book. I certainly hope that he grows up with the sensibilities that this book promotes: care and respect for others and for other ways of knowing. 
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc  Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.   There are also Lesson Plans available for teachers. 
 
 
More Information and Resources:
 
 
Residential School​ (click on link to see more resources on SD #71 Indigenous Education website)
Reconciliation: A Journey for All Canadians (click on link to see some ideas from SD #71 for Reconciliation in the classroom)
Project of Heart Canoe and Speaking to Memory Display   Look here for more resources to teach about residential school - these lessons were made when we had the display in our district and are very relevant and fit the topic.  See the Teacher Guide. 
French Resources:
 
Phyllis' story  Phyllis' story French 
Lesson Plans from Building Bridges by Building Understanding Through Current Events