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September 26, 2018

QMS Orange Shirt Day – Friday, September 28

If you have an orange shirt, or any orange article of clothing, please wear it to school on Friday, September 28.  QMS staff and students will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day, and continue the conversations and activities that have been happening all week long.

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

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.