The Upper School will be hosting Orange Shirt Day #EveryChildMatters on Thu Sep 27 – a day that facilitates community reflection and engagement around the legacy of residential schools in Canada. It’s a day, 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.

All Upper School students are invited to come to school wearing “cool for school” orange clothing and/or accessories and donate $2 or more to support an indigenous organization partnered with Mulgrave Changemakers.

On the day, students will be given an orange armband to wear as a symbol of our commitment to reconciliation and dialogue. A final installment to the day will be an interactive art activity taking place outside of the theatre at lunch.

This is the first year that the Mulgrave Community will be taking part in Orange Shirt Day. Recognizing children’s rights and valuing freedoms is part of the Mulgrave ethic. Orange Shirt Day allows us to focus these values on the continuing progress needed in our country to guarantee the rights and securities of indigenous children in Canada. Although officially we celebrate Orange Shirt Day on September 30th, we at Mulgrave will be hosting an event on September 27th.

Thank you for your support with this important national initiative.

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What is Orange Shirt Day  

The roots of Orange Shirt Day begin with Phyllis Webstad from Dog Creek Reserve. When Phyllis was just six years old her grandmother bought her a new orange shirt for the first day of mission school. Once she got to school though the orange shirt was taken away from her. The shirt went on to represent Phyllis’s dignity and self worth.

Started in May 2013, Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation. By reflecting on the legacy of residential schooling, it is the hope that as a country, Canada will remain committed to the ideal that all children deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The legacy of residential schools exists in many facets in Canadian society, but protecting the rights of children is where our commitments can start. By recognizing the “Every Child Matters”, Canadians should become aware of the continuing difficulties faced by indigenous children in our country. Through Jordan’s Principle, provincial and federal governments can address these needs in a more effective way. Orange Shirt Day allows us as a community to confront and discuss these issues.

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