Orange Shirt Day & Assembly
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About the Event
Each year, Queen Mary recognizes Orange Shirt Day on September 30th, the historical date when many Indigenous children left their home to attend Residential School. Acknowledging this day, and learning about our history, helps us to understand the past, recognize history’s impact on today, and be mindful of the future. On Orange Shirt Day, we pay respect to those who experienced Residential School and the individuals and families who continue to be impacted by this part of Canada’s history. As many children lost their sense of self-esteem, well-being, identity and connection to family, the day’s motto, Every Child Matters, is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us is seen, heard, cared for and understood.
The government recently passed legislation to mark September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our efforts towards Truth and Reconciliation must go beyond this one day, as we continue to hear the truth, listen to Indigenous people, learn the true collective history, and take real actions every day to show our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
The Vancouver School District continues to stand with all First Nations communities and Indigenous peoples. Schools will be closed on September 30th to provide time for quiet reflection or participation in events that may take place in the community. The District also acknowledges Indigenous families within the VSB and would like to offer our support on this day and throughout the year. The District remains committed to continued Reconciliation work necessary for the truth to be known and shared through education.