Posted on September 20, 2016 by Tia Lalani

Orange Shirt Day commemorates the children who never returned from Residential School, as well as the survivors. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new …

Orange Shirt Day commemorates the children who never returned from Residential School, as well as the survivors. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny 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. It is a time to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the generations of children to come. 

This year, cities and organizations across Alberta are organizing Orange Shirt Day events for the first time. Augustana is one of them. On September 30, wear your orange shirt to affirm that every child matters and to show your commitment to reconciliation, as well as anti-racism and anti-bullying more broadly.

Orange shirts will be available for purchase at the Alumni Office for $15. Email 
trina.harrison@ualberta.ca to reserve your size. See the attached poster for what the shirt will look like. 

Melissa Hande is also organizing a make-your-own Orange Shirt Day pin that you can decorate and wear in commemoration on September 30 even if you don’t have an orange shirt! Look for the display and supplies just outside the Bookstore on September 28, 29, and 30.

Take a picture wearing your orange shirt on September 30th and share it using the hashtag #UofATRC2016

For more information:
http://www.orangeshirtday.org/


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