Staff at the Port Alberni Friendship Center—even Bella the office pooch—wear orange in honour of Orange Shirt Day.

Orange Shirt Day honours residential school students

The day is particularly significant to Alberni as it was once the site of a residential school.

When Phyllis Webstad was six years old, her grandmother bought her a new orange-coloured shirt to wear on her first day at St. Joseph’s Residential School in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.

When she got to the school, her shirt was taken away from her and she later saw another child in town wearing it.

Webstad’s story has come to symbolize Orange Shirt Day, started in B.C. last year to honour Indian Residential School survivors and to remember those who never made it home.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, members of the Port Alberni Friendship Center wore their shirts for the center’s annual general meeting.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council also held an Orange Shirt Day event.

In the Alberni Valley the significance of Orange Shirt Day is close to First Nations residents because Port Alberni was once the site of a residential school.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

Port Alberni workers to honour Day of Mourning on April 28

Annual event honours workers who lost their lives on the job

Tseshaht First Nation athlete honoured with provincial sports award

Rain Thomas competes in three different sports

Alberni Valley firefighters pass the boot for Muscular Dystrophy

Annual fundraiser started in 1967 with Port Alberni Fire Department

Cougars spotted in Sproat Lake neighbourhoods

ACRD director warns residents to keep children, pets close

VIDEO: Alberni Valley celebrates Easter weekend

Port Alberni children enjoy Easter egg hunts and spring activities

Busy Tuesday for BC Ferries passengers

First sailings to and from Swartz Bay sold out

New commemorative loonie marking ‘progress’ for LGBTQ2 people to be unveiled today

But advocates say it mistakenly suggests equality has been achieved largely as a result of government actions

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Most Read