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News: Monday, September 30th, 2019

Orange Shirt Day Supported by Students and Staff in Abbotsford Schools

Orange Shirt Day (September 30) is one of the visible ways our District strives to highlight our shared history in Canada and honour those who attended residential schools.

Every year, teachers, staff and students wear orange shirts to both acknowledge the day and reinforce that every child matters.

This year Abbotsford School District recognized Orange Shirt Day in a variety of ways. Over 1,400 students walked around Mill Lake to commemorate the date and learn more about the history of Orange Shirt Day. Other learning examples included school assemblies with musical performances, spoken word, media presentations by students, staff, and guests to promote understanding, and reflection. The discussions help build students’ understanding of the history of residential schools in Canada.

Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake in 2013 and has since spread to schools across Canada. School Districts ask students to wear orange as a way to honour “Phyllis’ story” and generate discussion. Phyllis is from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. As a young girl, she had her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school in Mission, BC. The day is also a way to come together as a community in the spirit of reconciliation, particularly as it relates to residential schools.

Learn more about our Indigenous education Department

Media Contact:

Kayla Stuckart, Manager of Communications
Phone: (604) 859 – 4891 ext. 1206