On behalf of the Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education Advisory Council, Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education Department, Mission Public School District 75, Members of the Board of Education, the Mission Friendship Centre, and the City of Mission, we would like to invite you and your community members to an important event to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013.
Former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.
Since then, the orange shirt has become a nation-wide symbol of Truth and Reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Where: Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission (covered area)
When: Friday, September 30, 2022 starting at 11:00am
Parking Note: Elder Parking available onsite. Contact Marcy Buell at email@example.com or 604 826-3103 for Elder Parking Pass. Additional parking at Heritage Park Middle School and Windebank Elementary.
Please wear orange and bring a lawn chair, water, snacks and if you wish, a drum.
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