We’d like to give a big thank you to Harold Aljam, Mary Angus & Sonia Antoine for donating these wonderful fruit and vegetables!
Staff and students celebrated Orange Shirt Day on September 30th this week. Orange Shirt Day was created to promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities and to promote positive educational environment for the children coming up.
From the orangeshirtday.org website
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself. It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.
The events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive, as a result of the realization that every former student had similar stories.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of this project. As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.
Today is the first day of classes and we’re so happy to see everybody again! Whether you’re excited to play in the gym with your friends, you love your new knapsack or you have the first day jitters, we know you will have a great school year. Thank you for making today a brilliant beginning!
Coldwater School joined school district 58 at the Lower Nichola powwow