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Orange Shirt Day​

pic1On September 30 Orange Shirt Day is being recognized across Canada. Orange Shirt Day is meant to create meaningful discussion about the effects of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind, and is an opportunity for Canadians to have a discussion and participate in building bridges with each other for reconciliation.
Kina go Binoojii’ag Gch nendaagoziwag
Every Child Matters
Chaque Enfant Compte
Algoma District School Board Participation:
On September 30 many people across Canada will wear an orange shirt to honour the children who survived the residential schools and remember those who did not. 
 ADSB will  also be commemorating Orange Shirt Day. We will wear orange in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.
Wearing orange and promoting the slogan, Every Child Matters, is an affirmation of our commitment to raise awareness of the residential school experience and to ensure that every child matters as we focus on our hope for a better future in which children are empowered to help each other.
Schools are encouraged to involve staff and students in Orange Shirt Day activities. 
pic4“I went to the Mission for one year. I had just turned 6 years old. We never had very much money, and there was no welfare, but somehow my granny managed to buy me a new outfit to go to the Mission School in. I remember going to Robinson’s store and picking out a shiny orange shirt. It had eyelets and lace, and I felt so pretty in that shirt and excited to be going to school! 
Of course, when I got to the Mission, they stripped me, and took away my clothes, including the orange shirt. I never saw it again, except on other kids. I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t give it back to me, it was mine! 
Since then the colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. 
I finally get it, that the feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first day at the mission, affected the way I lived my life for many years...I want my orange shirt back!”
Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, Dog Creek, BC
Barbara is a proud Nishnaabe-kwe, formerly from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, who now resides in Garden River First Nation.​
Shirley is the former Chancellor of Algoma University and a Residential School survivor​.
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