Orange Shirt Day event at the Little White School

On Thursday, September 27th, the Little White School was host to an Orange Shirt Day gathering.

The Orange Shirt day website states,  “Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.”

Organized by Leanne MacMillan who works as a Community Development Coordinator for the City of St. Albert planned the day at the Little White School.

Ernie Callihoo, a residential school survivor, and his daughter Maureen Callihoo Ligtvoet were on hand to share their stories and talk about the history of residential schools and the intergenerational trauma that they have experienced in their own family.

While the official date of Orange Shirt Day is September 30th every year, the earlier event at the Little White School was held so that students and staff members from the City of St. Albert staff could attend.

Amy Bautista’s class from Muriel Martin was in attendance and listened as Amy read the book, The Orange Shirt Story” written by Phyllis Webstad about her school experience.

Celina Loyer, one of our Education Programmers, made bannock so that attendees would have a chance to taste this traditional food. Topped with butter or jam, most of the kids (and the adults too) really loved this tasty treat!

Check out a great article about this event, written by Kevin Ma, in the St. Albert Gazette at