Orange Shirt Day
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, an annual day to spread awareness regarding the history of Indigenous Residential Boarding Schools in the United States and Canada. The schools were funded by the government and attendance was mandatory for Indigenous children. “Two primary objectives of the residential schools’ system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their home, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate into the dominant culture.” Many children never returned home and those who did, their lives were forever changed. We encourage everyone to wear orange on Friday, September 30th in honor and recognition of the thousands of Indigenous children and families who endured the trauma of the residential schools.
Send your pictures of you in your Orange Shirt to BPSWebmaster@buffaloschools.org (by October 5th) to be featured in our BPS homepage slideshow.