​​​​​​​Collingwood Recognizes Orange Shirt Day on September 30

September 24, 2020
Corporate Service, Parks, Recreation, & Culture
Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day, an annual event that is recognized on September 30, brings communities together to honour the experiences of former students and survivors of the residential school system and raise awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools.

Jennifer Parker, Coordinator, Community Well-Being and Inclusion, will be on location at a temporary StoryWalk© installation on display at the Awen’ Gathering Place, from 8:30am to 4:30pm on September 30 to build awareness about this annual remembrance and encourage us to pause, reflect and listen to the stories of survivors and remember those whose lives were lost to residential schools.

In 2013, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad shared her experience of residential (mission) school with other survivors and this story continues to help facilitate discussions and move forward with a commitment to truth and reconciliation. As a six-year old, Phyllis started her first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in British Columbia wearing a new orange shirt her grandmother had given her. The shirt was taken and along with it, her sense of self-worth and dignity. For Phyllis, the colour orange reminds her of her experience and how her “feelings didn’t matter”.

Here is a list of ways you can participate:

Please also visit the Collingwood Public Library and the Collingwood Museum to learn more about Orange Shirt Day. Collingwood’s permanent StoryWalk©, which runs along the Train Trail beginning at the Museum, will also feature a storybook in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Parker at jparker@collingwood.ca