#OrangeShirtDay

BY THEA RICHINSON

Orange Shirt day was Friday September 29 at MDHS! We are glad that so many wore an orange shirt and / or an orange ribbon. The origin of Orange Shirt Day comes from a little girl’s experience when she arrived at residential school.

“In 1973 six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being a rare and wonderful thing for a First Nation girl growing up in her grandmother’s care – but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform.”

www.orangeshirtday.org

The event brought awareness to the injustice of any child having their dreams taken away, and shows support for reconciliation between native and non-native people all over North America.

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