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Orange Shirt Day Celebration with IRSSS
September 30, 2016- 9:45 am - 3:00 pm
COME WALK WITH US IN VANCOUVER!
We are gathering at the Lu’ma Native Housing Society office (2960 Nanaimo Street) and then at 10:00AM we are walking to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society office (2406 Nanaimo Street) to honour IRS survivors and the students who did not return home. A celebration will commence there afterwards including drumming and refreshments.
Contact IRSSS for details on the event on September 30th or information about our orange t-shirts: 1-800-721-0066
“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.”
More info about Orange Shirt Day at: http://
Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s Story: http://