Orange Shirt Day goes virtual – Times Colonist
September 29, 2020
Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day, which recognizes survivors of residential schools, will go virtual this year, with an online ceremony featuring speakers who attended the schools.
The pre-recorded ceremony will feature speeches by Tsartlip elders May Sam and Skip Sam, who will share their personal stories of attending residential schools. Skip Sam died days after his speech was recorded.
Event organizers Kristin Spray and Eddy Charlie will speak about the importance of recognizing the legacy of residential schools and remembering the more than 150,000 children who were forced to attend.
Spray and Charlie have held an event in Centennial Square for the past three years. This year’s ceremony will be streamed on the city’s Facebook page Wednesday starting at noon, and the city is encouraging residents to wear orange on the day.
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