Orange Shirt Day
Monday, September 30, 2019
Begins at 12:00pm
St. Albert Place - Lobby - 5 St. Anne Street
The City of St. Albert is observing Orange Shirt Day to support our community’s journey towards reconciliation. This 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, we invite you to join us.
Our event will begin at 12 p.m. in the St. Albert Place lobby, where we will host informal tea and bannock. Following this, Mayor Cathy Heron and Elders will speak briefly before we walk together to the Healing Garden for a gathering and smudge.
Please come and learn about our shared history and recognize the resilience of our Indigenous communities. We ask that you consider wearing orange to commemorate the event.