Orange Shirt Day - Sunday Sept 30th 2018

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In 1973 six-year-old Phyllis Jack Webstad, an Indigenous girl had been gifted a brand new orange shirt from her grandmother and wore it to the Residential (Mission) School she attended in British Columbia. Upon her arrival, school officials removed and discarded the shirt from her and replaced it with a school uniform. This act greatly impacted the mental and emotional well-being of this six-year-old girl and symbolized that "her feelings never mattered."

Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake; BC in 2013.  This day is dedicated to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian Residential School system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada.

In addition to simply wearing an orange shirt on September 30, this annual event encourages Canadians to learn about the history of Residential Schools and the impact it had on First Nations, Métis, Inuit students and their families. Many communities have held memorial walks, film screenings, and public lectures to raise awareness about Indigenous history.  School boards across Canada have begun to use this event to teach children about Residential Schools.

The annual Orange Shirt Day opens the door to a global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.

Many Métis children and families have been impacted by the effects of Residential Schools and Day Schools. MNBC would like to encourage all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across the Province to wear an orange shirt and engage in discussion to honour all Indigenous peoples affected by the legacy of Residential Schools.

Please support this day and wear your orange shirt in honour of our victims and survivors of Residential Schools.

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