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Orange Shirt Day at Mulgrave

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We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we live, teach, and learn is the unceded traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples.

In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, as a Mulgrave community, we participated in Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. By wearing our orange shirts, we recognise and acknowledge the survivors of Residential Schools as well as remember the children who we’ve lost. This day promotes awareness about the impacts of Residential Schools and the lasting effects on Indigenous Peoples still today. We can create meaningful conversations that all Canadians can participate in to build bridges for reconciliation. This is a day for us to reaffirm that survivors and those around them matter.

We all must inform ourselves about Residential Schools' intergenerational trauma, forced assimilation, and Phyllis Webstad’s story. There is so much we need to learn, and listening to the stories of Indigenous Peoples and remembering the names of those that attended these schools are steps in the right direction. Our goal is to educate students about this ongoing issue and bring awareness and understanding to their perspectives.

Even with COVID-19 protocols, we were able to run Orange Shirt Day this year; we thank our entire Mulgrave community for participating in activities and events! We created the 'Masked Facts' initiative with photos of students and faculty wearing orange masks. Key words on the masks about Indigenous history and Residential School facts sparked conversations about Orange Shirt Day amongst our community.

Throughout the school, everyone participated in the 'Heart Tile Activity' to commemorate the lives of thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of the residential school experience, spur action through social justice endeavours, and change our present and future history collectively in Canada. The tiles will create a mosaic display in our school.

Lastly, through a TikTok 'Put a Finger Down Challenge', we engaged the Upper School in recognising what they know about Indigenous history as well as their next steps to learn more and be the positive allies with Indigenous Peoples.

Click on the image above for some highlights!