The Braemar Elementary community gathers together to sing the Coast Salish Anthem on Orange Shirt Day 2019.
Students and staff around our school district donned orange shirts on Sept. 30 and immersed themselves in educational initiatives and events geared toward reconciliation.
Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
is a national event that began in 2013 and is a chance for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
The initiative started in 2013 as a legacy project of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, B.C. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad's story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies, programs and initiatives for the coming school year. It also gives teachers and staff time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
Carson Graham Secondary students and staff listen to emotional stories and beautiful performances at an assembly honouring residential school survivors.
NVSD district principal Brad Baker joins Braemar Elementary students and staff on Orange Shirt Day.
North Vancouver Distributed Learning School staff sport orange on Sept. 30.
Sherwood Park Elementary students take part in an Orange Shirt Day assembly.
North Vancouver School District senior executive team members recognize reconciliation with their orange shirts.
Dorothy Lynas Elementary encouraged people to place fingerprints on their large orange shirt, indicating a commitment to reconciliation.
Some of Sherwood Park's younger students take part in an Orange Shirt Day activity.
Lynn Valley Elementary staff show their support on Orange Shirt Day.