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Every Child Matters

In the spirit of reconciliation and hope

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. NGPS students will be discussing and learning about Orange Shirt Day and residential schooling in a variety of ways this week and showing their support for reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come by wearing orange on Monday, September 30. 

The story behind why we wear orange shirts


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