A wave of orange will fill the halls of Grand Erie schools today.
It’s Orange Shirt Day, a day to educate and raise awareness about the residential school system and its impact on Indigenous communities.
One school leading the charge for this event and Indigenous education locally is Colleen Bator, a teacher at Delhi District Secondary School.
8-years ago she started an Indigenous Student Club and had been working closely with the school board.
She says in this brief period she has seen bold strides in educating students about this dark past in Canadian history.
Orange Shirt Day is about the legacy of Phyllis Webstads story of having a new orange shirt taken from her on the first day of residential school and has become an opportunity to stoke the discussion on all aspects of residential schools, bringing Indigenous leaders, local governments, schools, and communities together in the spirit of Reconciliation.
During the past year, Grand Eries Indigenous Education team worked with community partners, including the Woodland Cultural Centre, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Mississaugas of the New Credit, to develop a resource for educators on the history of residential schools.