When six-year-old Phyllis Webstad reported to her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission residential school, her brand new, shiny, orange shirt, was taken away and never returned to her. She didn’t understand and felt that no one cared, that she wasn’t worth caring about. You can read her story here.
It is in solidarity with Phyllis and residential school survivors like her that many of us at Swan Hills School wore orange shirts on October 2, the closest school day closest to Orange Shirt Day, September 30. We recognize the multi-generational trauma that was inflicted on Canada’s aboriginal and Métis people through forced separation from their families and attendance at residential schools. We participate in the spirit of recognition, with hope for a brighter future.