Hundreds of Chilliwack secondary students and teachers took part in their school’s Reconciliation Walk Monday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

PHOTOS: Chilliwack students take part in reconciliation walks on Orange Shirt Day

Across Canada people donned orange to promote awareness about the nation’s residential school system

Hundreds of Chilliwack secondary students made their way from their school to Central Community Park and back again for a reconciliation walk as part of Orange Shirt Day yesterday.

Across Canada, on Monday, Sept. 30, people wore orange shirts to promote awareness about the nation’s residential school system.

Orange Shirt Day started in 2013 after former student, Phyllis Webstad, told her story of having her orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of residential school in 1973 when she was six years old.

Over the years various designs have been printed on shirts with the words “every child matters.”

Here in Chilliwack, several schools took part in the event and CSS’s walk, organized by aboriginal support teacher Rick Joe, included speaker Chief Dr. Robert Joseph with Reconciliation Canada.

READ MORE: Orange Shirt Day sheds light on dark history of Canada’s residential schools


 

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Hundreds of Chilliwack secondary students and teachers took part in their school’s Reconciliation Walk Monday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph with Reconciliation Canada speaks during a stop on the Reconciliation Walk at Central Community Park on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Hundreds of Chilliwack secondary students and teachers took part in their school’s Reconciliation Walk Monday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Grade 12 Chilliwack secondary student Leandra Ndayifukamiye speaks during a stop on the Reconciliation Walk at Central Community Park on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Grade 12 Chilliwack secondary student Leandra Ndayifukamiye speaks during a stop on the Reconciliation Walk at Central Community Park on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph with Reconciliation Canada speaks during a stop on the Reconciliation Walk at Central Community Park on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

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