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Orange Shirt Day

September 28, 2016
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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 Matters.”

About Orange Shirt Day (from

"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 of 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."