Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Orange Shirt Day at George Waters Middle School

'All Canadian children and youth deserve to know Canada’s honest history, including what happened in the residential schools, and to appreciate the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous nations who continue to make such a strong contribution to Canada, including our very name and collective identity as a country. For Canadians from all walks of life, reconciliation offers a new way of living together.' Pg 21 of 'Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future, Summary of the final report Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

We can't change the past but we can honour the victims and survivors of residential schools by listening to their stories and learning from them. Today, George Waters Middle School wore orange to recognize, honour, and show our commitment to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation.

Today, our staff and students all wore Orange Shirts to think about and learn more about residential schools, their survivors and their victims. After lunch all students received an orange shirt and wrote a message on it saying why they matter. At the end of the day our entire school met in the gym to watch some videos and to learn more about this piece of Canada's past.

Below is the presentation that was shown along with the videos.

Four days before having to leave her family and home for residential school, Shi-Shi-Etko learns how important it is to hold on to her memories. Source:

Slide 6

Background:  Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’s account of losing her pretty new orange shirt 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 children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Source:

Slide 7

This is a call to action to people all over the world. Sure, there’s lots of work to do, but there’s lots of awesome people out there in the world like you.

This video was created and shown the night before world leaders met in New York on September 25 to announce the new Global Goals intended to tackle the most urgent issues of our time - poverty, inequality and more. People came together in over 100 countries to demonstrate their shared vision for a better future – from Australia to India, South Africa to Brazil – millions are taking action around the world.

Written & directed by Brad Montague
Kid President - Robby Novak

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