Shuswap students recognize Orange Shirt Day

Shuswap Middle School Grade 8 students Paige Danczak and Lilly Ogilvie consider words they think represent the residential school experience suffered by First Nations, writing “terror,” “sadness” and “pain” on rocks to be placed at the school’s Peace Pole for the school’s Orange Shirt Day on Friday, Sept. 28. Orange Shirt Day started in 2013 as a way to educate and raise awareness of the residential school system and provide an opportunity for people to come together in the spirit of reconcilliation. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer) Shuswap Middle School Grade 8 students Paige Danczak and Lilly Ogilvie consider words they think represent the residential school experience suffered by First Nations, writing “terror,” “sadness” and “pain” on rocks to be placed at the school’s Peace Pole for the school’s Orange Shirt Day on Friday, Sept. 28. Orange Shirt Day started in 2013 as a way to educate and raise awareness of the residential school system and provide an opportunity for people to come together in the spirit of reconcilliation. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Kamloops elder Rose Miller joins School District #83 Indigenous education worker Tara Willard and Shuswap Middle School vice-principal Laura Jègues at the school’s Peace Pole, where students have placed rocks marked with words they feel represent First Nations’ residential school experience for Orange Shirt Day. Miller visited the school Friday to speak with students regarding her experience in residential school, sharing her story and her successes today. Jègues said the rock painting was Miller’s idea, adapted and inspired by the Eliza Archie School in Canim Lake, Secwepemc’ulewc. (Photo contributed)

Kamloops elder Rose Miller visited Shuswap Middle School Friday to speak with students regarding her experience in a residential school, sharing her story and her successes today, as part of the school’s recognition of Orange Shirt Day. Throughout the day, students painted rocks with different words they felt represented the residential school experience of First Nations, and then placed the painted rocks around the school’s Peace Pole. The idea for the project came from Miller, adapted and inspired by the Eliza Archie School in Canim Lake, Secwepemc’ulewc. (Photo contributed)

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