Local officials observe Orange Shirt Day

District of Kent officials pose in their orange shirts in recognition of Orange Shirt Day on September 30. Orange Shirt Day was created in 2013 to promote awareness about the residental school system and the continuing and devastating impacts they have had on First Nations communities across the country. (Contributed Photo/District of Kent).
School District 78 officials wear orange shirts to observer Orange Shirt Day on September 30. Orange Shirt Day reflect the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who had her brand new orange shirt, given to her by her grandmother, taken from her during her first day of residential school as a six-year-old girl. (Contributed Photo/School District 78)

Local school district and municipal officials recognized Orange Shirt Day on September 30.

Orange Shirt Day was founded in 2013 to promote awareness throughout Canada of the devastating effects of residential schools in First Nations cultures across the country.

“Orange Shirt Day provides the opportunity for us all to come together and stand with those generations who were affected by Residential Schools and acknowledge the loss of lives, culture, beliefs, languages and sense of pride,” said District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger in a statement released on the morning of September 30. “Residential schools have left behind a legacy of inter-generational trauma that has continued to impact survivors, their children and their grand children. As a community, it is up to us, not only today but everyday to work towards solidarity as a society. In the spirit of reconciliation, we honour the loss to ensure that we to move forward to build mutually respectful relationships.”


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