Last week the Musée Héritage Museum programmers visited ESSMY Junior High School for a presentation on St. Albert Métis history. Students learned about important Métis symbols and passed around items that included the sash, moccasins, beadwork, and beaver pelts.
The students and the museum programmers got a welcomed surprise when Phyllis Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day and author of The Orange Shirt Story, stopped by unexpectedly. Phyllis was driving through St. Albert and saw the sign outside the junior high school about Orange Shirt Day and decided to stop by on a whim. It was an honour to meet Phyllis and hear her talk about why she started Orange Shirt Day and her experience as a Residential School Survivor.
Information about Phyllis, her book, and Orange Shirt Day can be found at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/orange-shirt-day-residential-school-childrens-book-1.4804657
To learn more about our museum programs, please visit museeheritage.ca or call 780-459-1528.