BY C. ABES
Members of the MDHS Social Justice SHSM and faculty wore orange shirts to commemorate survivors of residential schools.
On September 30, members of the Social Justice SHSM and faculty members were easily spotted by their vibrant orange t-shirts. The shirts were worn in support of the Every Child Matters’ Annual Orange Shirt Day, which commemorates survivors of residential schools.
The Canadian initiative is inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad, one of many First Nations children forced to attend a residential school. On her first day of school, she was stripped of her brand new orange shirt. For Webstad, the colour orange brings represents her feelings of worthlessness as a child. Since then, she has overcome her past and bravely advocates for First Nations awareness as a spokesperson for the St. Joseph Mission Residential School (the school she attended) Commemoration Project and Reunion events.
Drummers lead the 2015 Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa.
By supporting Orange Shirt Day, Canadians across the nation showed survivors like Phyllis that they do matter, and confirmed their commitment to reconciling with the First Nation’s people. MDHS will proudly continue to participate in the initiative. Thanks to all those who showed their support!