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September 24, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As a continuation of our work to further the knowledge and understanding of our students about the history and struggles of Indigenous peoples in Canada, schools across the St. Clair Catholic District School Board will honour Orange Shirt Day.  This national observance will be held on September 30, 2018; however, schools may choose to recognize this important date throughout the course of this week.

Orange Shirt Day is in recognition of the harm caused by the residential school system in Canada.  It is also a public declaration that every child matters. Our Catholic social teachings call us to solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers and to honour the dignity of all.  The Canadian Catholic Bishops have urged all Catholics to commit to continuing our walk together with Indigenous peoples and to build a more just society, where their gifts, and those of all people, are nurtured and honoured.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Sincerely,

Deb Crawford

Director of Education

A Prayer for Orange Shirt Day

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Loving God, our Creator, help us to be living signs of Your healing love.  Open our hearts to welcome, to include and to stand up for the dignity of each other, as we go forward together with our Indigenous sisters and brothers.  Strengthen us, in our walk together along a path of solidarity with them; and help us to celebrate the beautiful gifts of Canada’s Indigenous cultures.  May we go forward in hope, as the children of One Creator and loving members of the family of God.  We ask this in the Name of Jesus, our Lord.  Amen.   

Sep 24, 2018