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Orange Shirt Day

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  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 is an opportunity for us all to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Many of us at Sterling Hall showed our recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well-being, and re-affirmed our commitment to ensure that everyone matters. Our boys and our faculty and staff were welcomed to wear orange shirts as a way to encourage learning and knowledge. Many of our Teachers organized age-appropriate activites for the boys and took time to have teachable moments throughout the day to explore the idea of residential schools and their impact on Indigenous communities. We also investigated how we can use our VIA Character Traits to acknowledge and build our own communities, be it a cohort or SHS at large, that fosters compassion, understanding and positive self-esteem in others.

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