Schools throughout RETSD observed Orange Shirt Day with a variety of activities and ceremonies on top of the learning they did about residentials schools and their impact on Indigenous communities. Here's a roundup of just a few.
Bird's Hill School
Last week, Bird's Hill students read several stories to learn about residential schools. On September 30, the school held a special assembly and every student planted a leaf on the front lawn with their own message about Orange Shirt Day.
Emerson & Donwood Elementary Schools
Emerson staff all wore orange for Orange Shirt Day and Donwood Elementary held an assembly where student leaders drummed and led a schoolwide sing-along.
John de Graff Elementary
John de Graff students listened to Phyllis Webstad's book "Phyllis' Orange Shirt," and Monique Grey Smith's books "My Heart Fills with Happiness" and "You Hold Me Up." Students decorated orange T-shirts with the message "I Matter," and others painted rocks with the messages such as "You Matter, I Matter." These rocks will be hidden in special spots around the community to bring a message of kindness to whomever discovers them.
Many KEC students and staff at honoured the day by wearing an orange shirt, bracelet, or ribbon to commemorate all the children who were made to attend residential schools. As well, a smudge was held in the KEC tipi at lunch and a message board was placed near the school's mural that's titled, "Opening the Doors to Reconciliation."
Miles Macdonell Collegiate
Fifty students and staff at Miles Mac observed Orange Shirt Day with a smudge, and students took part in Indigenous games in the gym and had bannock at lunch.
Princess Margaret School
Princess Margaret students learned about residential schools, Turtle Island, and treaties to prepare for Orange Shirt Day. On September 30, the Grade 5 leadership students led an assembly and all students made small orange shirts to indicate that "Every Child Matters." The staff also acknowledged the day by wearing orange shirts.