Our annual report recently highlighted some Indigenous initiatives taking place across our division. Orange Shirt Day is another way students can learn about reconciliation.
Each year, a sea of orange takes over Pembina Trails schools. The day was inspired by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's experiences while attending a residential school in British Columbia. Phyllis was six years old when she wore a new orange shirt, given to her by her grandmother, to school. When she arrived, she was forced to take the orange shirt off. The story has now become a strong symbol of loss, identity and culture.
During the last week of September and the first week of October, special events will be taking place in many of our schools. Learn more about our other Indigenous programs on page 6-7 of our annual report.