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  • Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023

    September 25 to 30 is Truth and Reconciliation Week

    LRSD schools will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day and Truth and Reconciliation Week in acknowledgement of the residential school system and its impact on the children who attended and their families.  

    Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s experiences while attending St. Joseph Mission Residential School, in B.C. 

    Phyllis lived with her grandmother, who gave her a new orange shirt to wear to the mission in 1973-74.  When she arrived at the school, she was forced to strip, and her clothes were taken away, including the orange shirt she cherished. The story has become symbolic of the loss of identity, culture and familial ties in the residential school system. 

    Orange Shirt Day is officially held on Sept. 30, but communities are encouraged to mark the day on a date that is suitable. 

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