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Cree schools mark Orange Shirt Day with community events

By Benjamin Powless  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Schools across Eeyou Istchee marked the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 with several activities. It was originally called Orange Shirt Day for the grassroots initiative started in 2013 by Phyllis Webstad, a residential-school survivor from British Columbia, who had her orange shirt taken away on her first day attending Mission Residential School. Schools and educators across the country have been using it as an opportunity to teach about what happened in residential schools. At the Cree School Board’s head office in Mistissini, employees gathered in the parking lot to mark the occasion, starting with a prayer by Elders Henry and Bella Mianscum. Henry used the opportunity to share his experience being taken on a plane to residential school, not

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