Joining the Orange Shirt Day movement
In 1973, six-year-old Phyllis Jack of the Dog Creek First Nation started school at the St. Joseph Mission residential school in Williams Lake, BC. Before leaving for school, her grandmother took her to a local store to buy a new outfit. Phyllis chose a bright orange shirt with laces on the front; she was as excited about starting school and as she was proud of her new shirt.
When she arrived at St. Joseph, Phyllis, like the other children, was immediately stripped of her possessions, including her clothing. She never wore the orange shirt again.
In 2013, the Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters campaign was launched on September 30 in British Columbia to help bring awareness to the pain and suffering that the residential school system forced upon First Nations children across Canada.
This was the first year that students and staff in the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre participated and they used the orange shirts to start conversations with other members of the campus community about the history of residential schools and the reconciliation movement.
Celebrating the creation of a new ceremonial space
With the help of many supportive donors, a ceremonial fire ground has been constructed at St. Paul's near the banks of the Laurel Creek. This new space was identified as a need several years ago but it took some time to get the funding in place.
The construction was completed in conjunction with the new Green Wing expansion project and the new space will be available for use in the Spring of 2018.
14th Annual Traditional Pow Wow a huge success
The weather was perfect and the location in Waterloo Park was ideal for a large turnout for the 14th Annual Pow Wow.
Below are some of our favourite pictures from the day.