Each fall, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day. As there was no school that day, students and staff around the Division wore ORANGE on September 29 in remembrance of the children lost to the residential school system and in honour of Survivors and their families.
This year's theme for National Truth and Reconciliation Week (Sept 26-30) was "Remembering the Children".
Throughout that week students participated in activities and learned about the history of Residential Schools in Canada and in our own region. The legacy of residential schools is deeply felt in our communities. Many local Indigenous people either attended themselves or had family members that attended one of the five residential schools that operated in northwestern Alberta.
Last year on September 30, FVSD shared a video created by our Success and Engagement Coaches. In this video local elders and the Chief of the Beaver First Nation share their experiences both as survivors and children of survivors. We encourage you to hear their stories and their powerful message of hope and resilience. Watch the video here: FVSD Orange Shirt Day VIDEO
Click through the gallery of photos below to see some of the ways FVSD schools participated in Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day - September 29, 2022 (Official Date: Sept 30)
FVSD students wore ORANGE on September 29 in remembrance of all the children lost to the Residential School system and in honor of Survivors and their families. Orange Shirt Day is officially held every year on September 30 in conjunction with National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.