It is “Orange Shirt Day” across Saskatchewan.
The day symbolizes and supports residential school survivors.
Lieutenant-governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield is hoping many in our province have some kind of orange apparel on today to show support.
She was in the northern Saskatchewan community of Ile-a-la Crosse earlier this week to celebrate the day early.
She provided 525 orange T-shirts to students and community leaders in Ile-a-la-Crosse where coincidentally the residential school that had stood in the town is in the midst of being torn down.
Education minister Don Morgan says this is something Saskatchewan’s students are being taught about and is something very important.
Morgan says it is essential Saskatchewan people know what happened at residential schools as we move forward on a path of reconciliation with First Nations and Metis people.
The City of Regina will also participate in Orange Shirt Day to raise awareness and recognition of the harm done by residential schools.
“The City of Regina acknowledges this day as an important step in the reconciliation and healing process. With united voices and collective memories, we as a nation can acknowledge and learn from the past and ensure we pave the way for a future that is free from the trauma and harm created from the residential school system,” said Mayor Michael Fougere.
Schools in Regina, including the students within the Catholic School system will participate in events Friday to recognize the day.