Hundreds of Mission school students gathered at Fraser River Heritage Park to participate in an Orange Shirt Day march and ceremony. / Kevin Mills Photos

Mission students march for Orange Shirt Day

The event remembers what happened to First Nations students at residential schools across Canada

Hundreds of students from Mission met at Fraser River Heritage Park today (Monday, Sept. 30) to participate in an Orange Shirt Day march and ceremony.

The students held banners and flags and walked along the park and met with Elders who were on hand to share their stories.

Orange Shirt Day is a day to remember what happened to First Nations students at residential schools across Canada. It was launched in 2013 in Williams Lake.

The day was inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad, a Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation elder in Williams Lake who, on her first day at residential school in 1973, was not permitted to wear the orange shirt she had brought to school.

Similar ceremonies were held all over the province and the country.

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