Park Meadows hosts balloon launch to mark Orange Shirt day

Park Meadows honoured Orange Shirt Day Friday by listening to school FNMI Liaison Kelly Russell give a brief history on the importance of why we celebrate it.

Students watched a videolink on Phyllis Jack Webstad telling her story of her orange shirt, and how it made her feel when it was taken from her. Students also watched a story called Shi-Shi-Etko (an account how a little girl spent the last few days at home with her family before she left for Residential School).

Park Meadows closed out the celebration as the school gathered in a large circle, which enclosed a smaller circle of selected students, that held orange balloons. Those students released the balloons after a moment of silence (for those whom never made it back home) and in honour of those whom are living survivors of a dark part of Canada's history.

"This was an emotional one for me, as I have grandparents whom attended Residential School and often it is a subject that they can’t speak about,” said Russell. “It’s not because they can’t but because of the emotions that flood their memory and the tears that come to their eyes. Then, I know not to ask questions any further.”

Russell added the ceremony at Park Meadows was a special event.

"Today made me also feel happy. I was happy to see all the students and staff gathered to honour all those whom survived, and as well all those whom lost their lives.”

Date posted: Sept 29, 2017

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