EC&I 831, Major Learning Project - EC&I 831

Orange Shirt Day

The last few weeks have been JAMPACKEDWITHACTIVITIES and I have fallen behind on posting about my journey of reconciliation.  That is not to say that I have been negligent in my learning.  I have been doing quite a lot of learning, often staying up way past a normal bedtime to finish just one more module of my MOOC or to read one more chapter or listen to one more podcast or read one more short story or poem or add one more resource to my Wakelet collections.  You get the drift.  I’m learning… but now I need to organize my thoughts so I can blog and share it with you!

Today’s post and Wakelet is to help commemorate Orange Shirt Day.  September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, 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 commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

Here is a brief video of Phyllis Webstad explaining Orange Shirt Day:


The picture book The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad (illustrated by Brock Nicol) is the perfect way to introduce the topic of Residential Schools to students of all ages.  From there, it is simple to branch out into whatever direction in as much detail as the teacher chooses.

There are a plethora of resources to use for Orange Shirt Day.  Two collections I have found that are the most useful are these from Manitoba Teachers’ Society and – of course! – the collection from the Orange Shirt Day website.

Because of our EC&I 831 class’s recent discussions on Open Education and the importance of sharing resources, I am making all of my Wakelets for my learning project public.  I am also open to adding contributors to my Wakelets, so if anyone is interested in sharing, please let me know!  Our combined good finds will help me to curate the most thorough and meaningful compilation of resources, and I would be grateful!

Click HERE for my Wakelet of Orange Shirt Day resources.


3 thoughts on “Orange Shirt Day”

  1. Thanks for sharing your latest work Kyla! This project is going to be such a great resource for you in the coming years and it is awesome that you are sharing with an “OER” spirit. Keep up the great work.


  2. It’s great that you included Orange Shirt Day in your reconciliation work, Kyla. Our school was one of two in Saskatchewan to be selected to receive an entire school’s worth of orange shirts this year (1000+). It was very sobering to see so many orange shirts packed into our gymnasium. I even used the video you shared in my class, too.

    I’m more and more interested in Wakelet. I saw it for the first time in this class, but it keeps popping up again and again which suggests it has value. It’s neat to see such a wide variety of resources curated in one space. Have you ever used them with students?


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