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Orange Shirt Day
Date: 9/30/2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Centre 2000
Grande Prairie

We welcome everyone to gather with us on Sunday, September 30 for Orange Shirt Day to continue the dialogue on the effects of the residential school system and moving forward as a community.

The theme of the event is ‘Past, Present, Future’

Date: Sunday, September 30

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Location: Centre 2000

Cost: Free


Three intergenerational speakers are being featured. Each will speak on their personal experiences of the impacts of residential schools, healing and reconciliation.

  • Past- Hazel Robinson:

    Hazel Robinson is First Nation Dene Tha from Northern Alberta. She is a residential school survivor and has a personal understanding of the intergenerational impacts of being a survivor. A traditional Indigenous artist, she shares her gift by teaching youth at schools across Grande Prairie, at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre and by selling traditional crafts at her small business in the Grande Prairie Farmers ’ Market. Hazel has been involved in the Spirit Seekers Youth Conference for many years as a volunteer and presenter.

  • Present- Len Morissette:

    Morrisette is a passionate award-winning Indigenous entrepreneur in Grande Prairie, a Grande Prairie Friendship Centre board member and chair of the Indigenous Committee for the Swan City Rotary Club. He has created many program opportunities for Indigenous youth to learn about culture through media arts and continues to empower others as a mentor and community leader.
  • Future- Bridgette Benning:

    A recent Masters of Sociology graduate from the University of Victoria, Benning focused her thesis on the Grande Prairie Regional College On-Campus Friendship Centre, exploring the role of Indigenous-based supports in post-secondary education. She has grown up in Grande Prairie immersed in her Metis heritage and is a great person to speak on education from the youth perspective. 


Join us for an event filled with these educational and engaging activities:

  • Student displays from each of our local school districts
  • A historical trivia game for families with prizes to be won
  • A booth from the Grande Prairie Public Library showcasing Indigenous authors and a sign-up for free library cards
  • A free community BBQ

This is the third year Orange Shirt Day is being hosted in Grande Prairie. It was initiated here in 2016 as part of the Canada-wide movement inspired by Phyllis Webstad.

Orange Shirt Day takes places as part of Alberta Culture Days and is made possible by the City of Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Circle of Aboriginal Services.

Everyone in the community is welcome to join, and the event is free for all.Orange Shirt Day 2018

Everyone in the community is welcome to join, and the event is free for all.