On Friday, September 28 our school with recognize Orange Shirt Day.
From the 1880s until the last school shut down in 1996, Canada's residential school system forced about 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children to attend church-run facilities that aimed to "take the Indian out of the child."
The students faced widespread neglect and abuse in the schools, which was examined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that released a report with 94 recommendations.
It took Phyllis Webstad 40 years to find a way to re-frame her experience to fight racism and bullying under the motto "every child matters" — and by using orange.
On Sept. 30, 2013, Webstad organized the first Orange Shirt Day in Williams Lake to acknowledge the harm that Canada's residential school system has left in generations of indigenous families and their communities.