The Saskatoon Community Foundation was proud to support Orange Shirt day activities in 2017 through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Orange Shirt Day commemorates the legacy of residential schools and their impact on indigenous children.
It grew out of a young girl’s story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school, for no apparent reason other than control. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, to ensure that younger generations will learn about this story. OSD has become an opportunity to keep a focus on all aspects of residential schools.