On Monday, September 30, MD will be taking part in Orange Shirt Day in honour of the more than 150 000 Indigenous children who were taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools.
Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 after residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad discussed her experience upon arriving at a residential school when her new orange shirt was taken away from her. Her experiences are used today to teach students about the assimilative nature of residential schools and how long-lasting the impacts have been for survivors.
While you are free to pursue your hopes and dreams, thousands had theirs stolen away from them. As a gesture of reconciliation, please wear an orange ribbon or shirt on Monday to honour these lost dreams.