The High Prairie Native Friendship Centre marked Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30. Left-right are Tracy Cardinal, Edward L’Hirondelle, program co-ordinator Bev L’Hirondelle, Yvonne Lachance, and executive director Lyanne Grammer.
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The High Prairie Native Friendship Centre marked Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30 to remember those who died or survived in Indian residential schools across Canada.
“We all wore orange shirts, our staff and PDD [persons with developmental disabilities] clients,” says program co-ordinator Bev L’Hirondelle.
“We want to recognize the residential school survivors, their losses and the impact residential schools has made on a child’s self-esteem, and remember those who died.”
Every Child Matters is the focal message on the T-shirts.
The Friendship Centre welcomes people to get active in the special day next year and will sell T-shirts to anyone.
“We encourage people to participate in Orange Shirt Day as a way to show their support and respect to all people who were affected by Indian residential schools,” L’Hirondelle says.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemorating events held in Williams Lake, BC. in the spring of 2013.
It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of school at the mission.
It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion of all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
It is also an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti- bullying.
Schools in High Prairie also wore orange.