This week is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation also known as Orange Shirt Day. It is a day for reflection on the history of and impact of Residential Schools where we wear orange shirts to honour and remember those children whose lives were lost, learn from survivors and their families and also commit to ongoing reconciliation.
Orange Shirt Day was started by residential school survivor, Phyllis Jack Webstad, who at just 6 years old on her first day of residential schooling, was stripped of her clothes, including the orange shirt her grandmother bought her. Today the orange shirt symbolizes the destructive impact of Residential Schools on First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture, knowledge and lives.
Please educate yourself about the legacy of Residential school and consider showing your support by wearing an orange shirt, donating to a local Indigenous organization or buying an orange shirt from an Indigenous maker.
To mark this day, we’re bringing you an Art Nook at Home created by our Visitor Services Coordinator, Tessa Stewart. She will show you how to create your own orange shirt pin to mark how every child matters. Learn to create a simple beaded design, made from recycled materials and inspired by traditional Métis beadwork. Create your own pin at the gallery today while supplies last or design your own orange shirt pin with materials at home.
Don’t forget to share your finished projects with us here @artgalleryofstalbert or
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