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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Poster
  • Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Presentations by students from Precious Blood and St Catherine
  • Catholic Education Centre


Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
We are including a resource package to assist with teaching and learning about residential schools. We encourage schools to engage in learning as appropriate to the age and readiness of students.  We hope that this learning  will also support the themes of anti-racism, anti-bullying, and most importantly foster a sense of belonging and inclusion in alignment with the first year of our Three-Year Pastoral Plan, Rooted in Christ: we Belong, we Believe, we Become. 
We would be happy to provide further assistance as needed. Please contact the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Indigenous Education Department. The contact information is below.
Nick D'Avella
Superitendent of Equity, Diversity, and Indigenous Education
Frank Pio
Indigenous Education Resource Teacher
Toronto Catholic District School Board 
Indigenous Education Department​          
Cell: 647-546-2347
Voice mail: 416-397-6800​                          
C/O Equity, Diversity, and Indigenous Education   
80 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto ON M2N 6E8

Orange Shirt Day 2019

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