Published on September 24, 2019

Opportunity for Reflection

On September 30, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., City staff and community members will gather together for the annual Orange Shirt Day event. It is an opportunity for St. Albert to acknowledge and reflect upon our past, and to make progress on our collective journey towards reconciliation.

Orange Shirt Day is an annual event that grew out of the story of Phyllis Webstad, who was taken from her family and placed in a residential school in B.C. On her first day at school, Webstad wanted to wear a prized orange shirt, which had been given to her by her family. The school confiscated the shirt and Phyllis’ other belongings and forced her to wear a uniform. In recognition of the harm that residential schools had on Indigenous families and communities, and in the spirit of reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day gives us a chance to gather together, wear orange if we are able, and acknowledge our shared history and our path forward.

Close up view of Healing Garden

Design of City of St. Albert Orange Shirt

We will meet in the St. Albert Place lobby at 12 p.m. to enjoy tea and bannock. Following this, Mayor Cathy Heron will deliver a Land Acknowledgment, share the meaning of Orange Shirt Day and make some brief comments. We will then walk across the river together to the Healing Garden. This event will acknowledge our shared history and the traumas of residential schools. It will also encourage us to continue our own education and learning to reflect on this harmful legacy. 

Please join us and plan to wear orange to acknowledge our shared history and our path forward.


12:00 p.m. - Tea and bannock in lobby of St. Albert Place (5 St. Anne Street)

12:30 p.m. - Brief comments from Mayor Cathy Heron in lobby of St. Albert Place

12:40 p.m.  - Walk together from St. Albert Place to the Healing Garden

12:55 p.m. - Cultural Learnings and Reflection at the Healing Garden (north side of Sturgeon River, directly across from St. Albert Place)

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Last edited: March 9, 2020