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On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Elementary Campus will be participating in the observation of Orange Shirt Day.

Every Child Matters Logo on Orange Shirt On this day, Canadians are urged to wear orange shirts to honour and promote awareness of the Indian residential school system and the impact this has had on Canada’s Indigenous communities. This year, the Elementary campus at Westmount will observe Orange Shirt Day in the spirit of reconciliation and out of respect for those who were impacted. For more information on the origins of this event, please visit: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

While people are asked to wear orange, we understand that getting an orange shirt may be difficult given people’s schedules or the extra, unexpected expense. In the book When We Were Alone, the granddaughter asks her grandmother why she always wears bright clothing. The grandmother explains that it is because when she was in residential school, all of her own clothing was taken away from her and she was forced to wear a drab uniform. If getting an orange shirt is difficult, please encourage your children to wear bright colours on Wednesday.

Thanks for your support of this important day.