Savanna School Holds Orange Shirt Day

Savanna School Holds Orange Shirt Day
Posted on 09/29/2017
Students at Savanna School were treated to a fascinating presentation by Grade 11 student Moira McRann on the history of the Residential Schools and their impact on Native Canadians Friday.

McRann spoke eloquently about the history of an issue which still divides Canadians and represents an important part of the country's history.

Reeve Alvin Hubert was in attendance at the event as was Ward Trustee of the Peace Wapiti School District Sharilyn Anderson.

Alvin HubertAnderson spoke about her experiences as a young person learning about the differences between people and how they can be transcended by seeing past the things which make us different and focusing on the things we share.

McRann gave an excellent presentation on the history of Residential Schools and the ways in which that history has impacted generations of Canadians.

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. 

Trustee Anderson

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.