On Monday, students from Bishop’s University, Champlain Regional College, Bishop’s College School, and Alexander Galt Regional High-School, gathered in front of McGreer Hall, located on Bishop’s campus, to march for Orange Shirt Day. The march, which was organized by the Indigenous Cultural Alliance, a student organization at Bishop’s University, takes place every year on Sept. 30 in honour and in remembrance of the victims and survivors of the residential school system in Canada. Many may wonder, what is Orange Shirt Day exactly? And why the color orange? Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the experience of a young Indigenous girl named Phyllis Webstad. Phyllis, from the Dog Creek reserve in British Columbia, was getting ready to attend her first day of residential school when her grandmother bought her a brand new orange shirt to take along with her. As she arrived to her new school, her orange shirt was taken away from her and she was forced to wear the uniform that was appointed to her. See full story in the Tuesday, Oct. 1 edition of The Record.
By Taylor McClure, Special to the Record