Sep 23, 2016
Shannon van Leenen
Media Relations Officer
Bow Valley College to Host Indian Residential School Awareness Day
CALGARY - Bow Valley College is hosting their second Indian Residential School Awareness Day, which will feature a talk with keynote speaker, and Orange Shirt day co-founder, Phyllis Webstad on September 27, 2016.
First held in 2013, Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event, which was initially held in Williams Lake, B.C. This day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion of the residential schools happening annually.
Orange Shirt Day grew out of Webstad's account of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the S. Joseph Mission residential school. The day has become an opportunity to continue the discussion on residential schools, and to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the upcoming school year. Webstad will discuss her experiences and talk about the importance of Orange Shirt Day.
For further details about Orange Shirt Day go to www.orangeshirtday.org.
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