Orange Shirt Day/ National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. More than 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children attended these mandatory schools between the 1870’s and late 1990’s.
The Beyond Orange Shirt Day Collaborative Community provides an opportunity for educators across the province to come together in discussion, share resources, and build common understandings throughout the year in recognition of the spirit that true reconciliation requires on-going learning and action.
Through this collaborative community, participants will:
Donna Rossis a 31-year educator. She is Cree Métis from Saskatchewan and member of the One Arrow First Nation, Treaty Six territory. Donna began her teaching career as a classroom teacher with Tsuut’ina Nation and continued to support First Nations learners in subsequent positions with Siksika and Stoney Nakoda Nations, and is currently an Indigenous Designer of Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. Donna brings passion and a deep knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, the impact of residential schools, and the embedding of Indigenous ways of knowing into Alberta curriculum and organizational culture. She is also a proud kokum!