September 30th is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and raise awareness about the history of those schools.
The “orange shirt” refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school.
“There are a great deal of stories that the Residential School has left in its wake, and most are not pleasant. The problem we have today is not many people know about what it was like,” explains Nicole Crowe, Chief Payepot School Principal.
A partnership was developed between Chief Payepot School, Piapot Health Centre and QBOW, to create an event to bring the community together to honour this day. The event consisted of the community coming together wearing the colour orange, listening to elder stories, a round dance and a free lunch. Good job to everyone involved!