Wilkinson and the TDSB are recognizing Orange Shirt Day on Monday, September 30th
For the past few years, Wilkinson has recognized Orange Shirt Day and many staff and students have worn orange to acknowledge the experiences of residential school survivors in the spirit of reconciliation.
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, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
Orange Shirt Day acknowledges the history and legacy of the residential school system in Canada by honouring survivors and remembering those who did not. It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.
Students and staff are encouraged to wear an orange shirt or other item on Monday, September 30th.