Children of residential schools are honoured annually on Orange Shirt Day. The campaign’s slogan - Every Child Matters - loosely translates to Kihci-ita-kis-iw in Cree, which means All Living Things Matter.
As part of First Nations culture, childhood is the foundation of our journey through life. Building a strong foundation is vital to the development of the person they will become. The translation of All Living Things Matter honours the Cree holistic value that everything in life is sacred.
Orange Shirt Day began to help spread awareness for children who attended residential schools. The orange shirt symbolizes these children having their identities stripped away. LPSD schools will be celebrating the culture and honouring the history through age-appropriate lessons and activities on Sept. 29.
To reinforce that Every Child Matters, students can purchase their own orange shirt for $10 from their local school by Sept. 13. Order forms will be going home with students today!