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Islanders come together on Orange Shirt Day

Yvette McKenna, left, Deidre Augustine and Brittany Lush, all of Mi'kmaq Printing and Design, stand behind the table in front of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown, where they have been selling t-shirts for Orange Shirt Day Sept. 30.
Yvette McKenna, left, Deidre Augustine and Brittany Lush, all from Mi'kmaq Printing and Design, stand behind the table in front of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown, where they have been selling t-shirts for Orange Shirt Day Sept. 30. - Michael Robar

Sept. 30 is a day to remind Islanders of the history of residential schools and their impacts on First Nations and Indigenous peoples.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Islanders to listen, learn and reflect about the history of residential schools in Canada and honour the thousands of survivors, their families and passed loved ones.

It is also a day to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for a more inclusive and fair future for all.

On Wendesday, Yvette McKenna, Deidre Augustine and Brittany Lush, all from Mi'kmaq Printing and Design, set up a table in front of St. Paul's Anglican Church, where they have been selling t-shirts to mark the important day.

The t-shirts have sold well this year, McKenna told The Guardian.

"The more we sell, the more people recognize and are aware."


Members of government also took part in the day.

In a news release, Premier Dennis King said he was wearing an orange shirt to honour those impacted by residential schools.
 

Premier Dennis King; Helen Kristmanson, director of Indigenous relations; Paul Ledwell, deputy minister, policy and priorities; and Education Minister Brad Trivers celebrate Orange Shirt Day. - Government of Prince Edward Island - Government of Prince Edward Island
Premier Dennis King; Helen Kristmanson, director of Indigenous relations; Paul Ledwell, deputy minister, policy and priorities; and Education Minister Brad Trivers celebrate Orange Shirt Day. - Government of Prince Edward Island - Government of Prince Edward Island

“As we all reflect on the darker moments of our past, we can also look ahead on our individual and collective actions and how we can work together to move forward in making us all proud to call Prince Edward Island our home.”

The province is honouring the request of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by developing new curriculum and resources on Indigenous people and the history and legacy of residential schools.

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day at orangeshirtday.org.

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