- Cultural Calendar
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day—a day of remembrance honoring the hundreds of thousands of children who attended Canadian residence schools and United States Indigenous Boarding Schools, enduring abuse, neglect, disease, and worse. These schools were deliberately created to strip First Nations children of their culture, language, and way of life, and their effects are still being felt today by those who survived, as well as their families.
The movement started with a healing and reconciliation ceremony at a Canadian former residential school in 2013 and has since grown exponentially across Canada with other First Nations communities, as well as sweeping down to include the United States, which has its own long and tragic history of Indigenous Boarding Schools, including several in Washington state.
As a symbol of remembrance and support, some of our Indigenous students and teachers will be wearing orange shirts on this day, and we encourage school and district staff to do the same in solidarity with them, if desired.
Learn more about Orange Shirt Day at https://orangeshirtday.org/.