September 30, 2016, has been proclaimed "Orange Shirt Day" in
Saskatchewan. This is a day to honour Indigenous survivors and victims of
residential schools. Horizon students and staff are encouraged to wear
orange to commemorate this day of remembrance, learning and reconciliation.
“We are diligent in our work to
provide Safe & Caring environments for students and staff in all schools
across Horizon, and we are very fortunate to have many partners in this work,
including caregivers, community organizations, First Nations and government
agencies. As we all do our part to support students in becoming the culturally
responsive citizens of Canada’s future, we must never forget the events of our
nation’s past,” says Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education for Horizon
School Division. “Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for conversations
about residential schools – to listen, be heard, learn, and honour the
Indigenous children affected by this dark chapter of our history. It is a day
for reconciliation, for all of us to stand together and proclaim: Every Child
.”About Orange Shirt Day (from orangeshirtday.org):
"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
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.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were
taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity
to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming
school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include
children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to
the next generations.
Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local
governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of
reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come."