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.