Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools is proud to participate in Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2020. WRPS staff and students are encouraged to wear orange shirts to show respect and reconciliation for our Indigenous members impacted by residential schools. We participate to grow our understanding and to support reconciliation with our Indigenous communities.
September 30 is recognized by the Canadian Government as Orange Shirt Day in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our shared commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.
"Caring about all of our students is just what we do. It’s a daily practice, and this annual day shines a light on a darkness not to be repeated. The orange shirts we wear today symbolize the hope and love for our students that we carry in our hearts every day." - Peter Barron, Superintendent.
WRPS is comprised of approximately 30% self-identified Indigenous students. Our Board's Strategic Plan identifies beliefs and priorities to ensure a learning community that nurtures hope and inspires a sense of purpose for all.
“We continue to learn how best to meet the needs of our Indigenous students. Orange shirt day began in 2013 when Phyllis Webstad recalled how her orange shirt was taken away on her first day at residential school. Since then, the orange shirt has come to symbolize much more. This day allows our staff and students to gain an understanding of the hardships faced by residential students. ” - Lynn Ware, Board Chair.
At WRPS, we are inspiring students to be the best they can be.