Why do we wear an orange shirt on September 30th every year? It is a way for Canadians to remember Indigenous People who suffered through residential schools. In the picture above you can see a short version of where the story begins but we are far from the end of the story.
Residential schools in Canada were a way for the Church and Canadian government to attempt at assimilating Indigenous children into the Euro-Canadian culture that was being formed in Canada. Residential schools started in the 1880’s and the last one was not closed until 1996. Often when people think about residential schools they think that it is something that happened hundreds of years ago and history long gone. That unfortunately isn’t true! The last school closed merely 22 years ago. That is within many of our life times. Indigenous people also still are suffering with the life long effects that residential schools have caused for them and the future generations.
Live Mind Body and Soul would encourage everyone to wear an orange shirt tomorrow to support those who have suffered and continue to suffer due to the residential school system. For more information on residential schools visit http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/residential-schools/ and for more information on Orange Shirt Day please visit http://www.orangeshirtday.org/
Have a great weekend!