• Orange Shirt Day

    On Wednesday, September 30, all staff and students of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools are invited to participate in Orange Shirt Day. Originally developed in 2013 through the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project, Orange Shirt Day is now recognized annually across Canada. On this important day, we honour and remember all Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools. It is a day when we are reminded of this inexcusable chapter in our nation's history and the lasting impacts the residential school system continues to have on former students, families, communities and Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is also a day for us to renew our commitment—as a society, an organization and personally—to reconcile damaged relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities.

    Our school division is grateful to our partners—such as the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the Central Urban Métis Federation, the GSCS Elders Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish—who continue to walk the path of reconciliation alongside us. With their support, we have made great strides in improving the learning experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike. This includes classroom supports to incorporate Indigenous knowledges and learning practices, Cree bilingual and core Michif programs committed to language revitalization, student wellness supports, universal treaty and Métis education, and so much more. 

    As a Catholic community, we are called to make time to reflect on the experiences of former residential school students, pray for continued healing for all those affected, and work toward justice and reconciliation. 

    In closing, thank you for your participation in this year's Orange Shirt Day. Let us continue to strive to do better not just today, but every day. 

    May God the Creator continue to bless us. 

    Diane Boyko, Board of Education Chair
    Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
    Greg Chatlain, Director of Education 
    Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

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