It was 1973. Six-year-old Phyllis Webstad was excited about her first day at St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, B.C. Her granny had bought her a new, bright orange shirt for the occasion. But when she proudly arrived at the school, her excitement turned to terror. The staff cut her hair. She was forced to change out of her clothes. Her new shirt was taken away, and she never got it back. “The colour orange has always reminded me of that, and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared, and how I felt I was worth nothing,” said Phyllis, forty years later.
What is Indigenous?
Complete the Orange T-shirt Letter (photocopied t-shirt pages for good copy of letter in your staff mailbox)
The Premier of British Columbia is the office that funds and organizes schools. the office has the power to support school programs that are already in schools to help ensure that every student matters. The office has the power to make change if change is needed to make students feel safe at school. Learn more about "Every Child Matters" and Residential schools (below) before writing your letter to write an impactful letter.
Write a letter to the Premier of British Columbia in support of safe schools, giving examples how our school is a safe place to learn, or suggest ways that schools could ensure that everyone feels safe and that everyone feels like they matter at school.
Suggest ways to ensure that "Every Child Matters" at school or Complete these sentence starters I feel safe at school when….. I feel like I matter at school when…..
Eg I feel safe at school when my friends are including me and being nice to me. Everyone in school deserves to be included. I would like to learn more about other cultures so I could have a better understanding of everyone. Students can explain that BE U is our theme this year, why it is important and what that means to them.
Mail your letter by Friday in the orange mailbox outside the Gathering Room.