Orange Shirt Day

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Wednesday, September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 as a way to honour the survivors of the residential school system and to remember the children who did not survive their experiences. It has become a day to focus on listening to the stories of survivors and their families, to recognize the importance of increasing awareness about the residential school system, and to work towards ensuring that no child has to suffer in this way again.

Fort Saskatchewan’s history is not exempt from Canada’s colonial past. Although no residential school was built in Fort Saskatchewan, it is still important for us to recognize how our history contributed to the oppression of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We are not responsible for the actions of our ancestors, but we are responsible for doing what we can to make today’s world a better place for all.

What is the City doing to commemorate this day?

On September 30, Mayor Katchur will be reading a Proclamation on Orange Shirt Day in Fort Saskatchewan. You can view the recording of this Proclamation on the City of Fort Saskatchewan Facebook page.

Select city buildings will also be lit up with orange lights to show our support to survivors of residential schools. Orange lights at City Hall, the Warden’s Residence, the CN station, the NWMP Fort and the Historical Village will be visible from 7pm on Sept 30th until the following morning.

Find Out More

If you’re interested in learning more about Orange Shirt Day or the legacy of the residential school system in Canada, click below:

The Orange Shirt Society: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Residential Schools in Canada: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/residential-schools

Truth & Reconciliation Commission: http://www.trc.ca/index.html

"The tour of the Precinct was really interesting and very engaging for the children. There were so many hands on activities for them to participate in that they were always engaged. I love that they are allowed to touch and explore many of the items around the precinct. That makes such a difference to keep them engaged, on task and motivated. The learning connections between what we talked about in school and what we saw were evident in the conversations between the kids and the interpreters."