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Why Orange Shirts?

Last school year, students from James Short Memorial School and Altadore Elmentary were fortunate to be two of only 24 schools across the country to host Phyllis Webstad and Canadian Geographic.  Phyllis, who is the inspiration behind Orange Shirt Day, shared her personal account of attending Residential School.  Following Phyllis' presentation, each class was given the opportunity to explore the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada’s giant floor map. The goal of this interactive experience was to solidify the students’ understandings of the impact and legacy of the Residential School system.  
Phyllis connected to the students on their level, ensuring her difficult story was appropriate and relatable for younger audiences.  She made the students laugh, and even though some of them cried, they left the presentation feeling inspired by her strength and the courage it took for her to share her story.  As one grade four Altadore student explained, “I can’t believe people did that to kids. That is not okay.  I would never let something like that happen again. I can’t believe that happened when my own mom was going to school.”  A grade two student from James Short Memorial was asked why it was important to have Phyllis come and share her story; he replied, “So we know that her story was real and not just make believe.” Phyllis praised the students at the end of her presentations, expressing surprise at how much the students already knew about Residential Schools.  As she shared with the students at both schools, “You can tell coming into the school that you are being taught Indigenous ways and practices in your school”.  Staff, students, and parents at both schools continue to work toward Truth and Reconciliation through their continued support and involvement in opportunities like the Paths to Reconciliation tour.
Wednesday September 30th is Orange Shirt Day.  We encourage all our students and staff to wear the colour orange or their favorite shirt to honour this day.

Thank you,
Mr. Patry
Assistant Principal

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James Short Memorial School

6333 5 Ave SE Calgary, AB, T2A 3V7
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Cheryl Zelmer
Assistant Principal
Jon Patry
Richard Hehr

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Exceptional/Complex Needs Regular
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8:55 AM
3:40 PM
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