Orange T-Shirt Day at the RSM

Last Update: Tue, 11 Sep 2018  |  SHARE   

COPE Local 397 would like to encourage all of our Members in the Regina Area to attend this event and join in the support of reconciliation for generations of children to come.

What is Orange T-Shirt Day?

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 new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, in 1974, 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 its teachings on to the next generation.

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.  September 30 is the designated day for Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters.

The RSM (and partners) will be hosting 2 days of activities for Orange T-Shirt Day. They are September 28th, and September 30th.

Friday, September 28, 2018; 10:00 and 1:15 pm:

The first day is the elementary school day, Friday, September, 28, 2018.  Proposed activities would include a guest elder speaking about their experience in the Residential school system.  To accommodate a large student audience we are having this presentation in the auditorium.  Orange T-shirts with sponsorship logos will be given out to all attendees.

Sunday, September 30, 2018:

Sunday, September 30, is designated Orange T-Shirt Day and is open to the public.  We will bring in an elder to speak on the Residential school experience and will have activities and vendors.  T-shirts will also be provided to everyone coming out to commemorate the event

Further details to follow on time and location.

Kim Wilson