MNBC Honours Orange Shirt Day - "Every Child Matters"

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Today, MNBC honours the more than 150,000 Métis, First Nations and Inuit children who were victims of Indian Residential Schools and Day Schools. Orange shirt day is designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to honour and witness the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Furthermore, it gives an opportunity for others to learn and listen to the stories of survivors and to remember those that didn’t make it.

In 1973, six year old Phyllis Jack Webstad was sent to residential school wearing an orange shirt her grandmother had given her. School officials immediately removed and replaced her shirt with a residential school uniform. She was then assigned a number while in attendance at the school contributing to her loss of self-worth and identity. Phyllis Webstad’s personal story inspired this day of awareness.

“Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind,” states President Clara Morin Dal Col. “It is a day where survivors can reaffirm that they matter. These dialogues give us the strength to move forward and create bridges with each other for reconciliation, because every child matters”.

The Day is intended to open the door to a global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. MNBC would like to encourage all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Canada to wear an orange shirt and engage in discussion to honour all Indigenous peoples affected by the legacy of Residential Schools.

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Tracey Thornhill, Communications & Special Events Manager604-557-5851 / 1-800-940-1150