DVSS, Greentree Elementary, and St. Anthony's Schools all celebrated Orange Shirt Day today by bearing orange shirts in honour of residential school victims.
"Today is Orange Shirt Day because we are supposed to be acknowledging all the damages done to the First Nations and Metis people through the residential school system, which forced them to not be able to participate in their culture. It was honestly, a pretty bad time in Canadian history," explained St. Anthony's student Mathew Doyle.
Orange Shirt Day is an initiative started by First Nations woman Phyllis Webstad of Williams Lake, BC.
"Specifically, the orange shirt is used because there was a lady who was a residential school individual who wore her orange shirt to the school and it was removed from her. So that is where the orange shirt comes into play," explained DVSS Associate Principal, Dana Yemen.
On the Orange Shirt webpage, Webstad explains her story and how she has continued to feel the effects of residential schools in her present life.
"We have had a lot of staff and students down, so we are really grateful for this time to be able to recognize these actions in our past, but also to move forward in a hopeful, positive way," concluded Yemen.
Greentree Elementary coupled Orange Shirt Day with their annual Terry Fox Run, raising over $1,500.