KAPUSKASING - The Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Centre recognized Orange Shirt Day on Sept.30 by hosting an afternoon barbecue event with a variety of activities and games for children.
Orange Shirt Day is a memorial event for those that went to residential schools.
“It all stems from a lady out in British Columbia who went to a residential school wearing an orange shirt,” said Executive Director of the Kapuskasing Friendship Centre Jack Solomon. “When she got there the staff of the school took her shirt away. Now four years ago she started this day on Sept. 30, which is when she was supposed to go to school.”
Since then, he said, the event has slowly been spreading across Canada in order to honour the survivors.
Solomon said that this year marked the first occasion that Kapuskasing has participated, though it will be annual going forward.
“The motto for the day is that every child matters, so thats where we decided to place our focus,” he said. “This is basically a children's day. We brought in We brought in some bouncy castles for them to play in, we've got different activities for them, henna tattoos, of course we've invited parents to come in with them, and we're just having the day for them.”
The event went well he said, with clear skies, good participation, and fun for all.
“We only basically planned this three weeks ago, and it's all going well.”