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Orange Shirt Day is being commemorated in Grande Prairie on Monday, September 30 at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre (10507- 98 Avenue).

This year’s Orange Shirt Day event includes keynote speakers, smudging, a display of Indigenous authors available at the Grande Prairie Public Library, and a free community lunch.

The keynote speakers include three individuals of different generations who will be sharing their stories about the impacts of residential schools to help create awareness, empathy and hope.

The event will also feature the unveiling of the design for a future memorial that is being planned in Grande Prairie to recognize and honour those impacted by residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and is free for everyone in the community to attend.

Orange Shirt Day takes place to continue the dialogue on the effects of the residential school system and moving forward as a community. It was first introduced in Grande Prairie in 2016, inspired by Phyllis Webstad’s story.