Northeast Kings Education Centre

Day 8

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022


Orange Shirt Day Thursday, September 29

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.

The reason we use an orange shirt is from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's story in her own words… Here is her story:

I went to the Mission (Residential School) for one school year in 1973/1974. I had just turned 6 years old. I lived with my grandmother on the Dog Creek reserve. We never had very much money, but somehow my granny managed to buy me a new outfit to go to the Mission school. I remember going to Robinson’s store and picking out a shiny orange shirt. It had strings laced up in front, and was so bright and exciting – just like I felt to be going to school!

When I got to the Mission, they stripped me, and took away my clothes, including the orange shirt! I never wore it again. I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t give it back to me, it was mine! The colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.

I was 13 years old and in grade 8 when my son Jeremy was born. Because my grandmother and mother both attended residential school for 10 years each, I never knew what a parent was supposed to be like. With the help of my aunt, Agness Jack, I was able to raise my son and have him know me as his mother.

I went to a treatment centre for healing when I was 27 and have been on this healing journey since then. I finally get it, that the feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first day at the mission, affected the way I lived my life for many years. Even now, when I know nothing could be further than the truth, I still sometimes feel that I don’t matter. Even with all the work I’ve done!

I am honoured to be able to tell my story so that others may benefit and understand, and maybe other survivors will feel comfortable enough to share their stories.

Titans, if you are able, wear an orange shirt or clothing in recognition of the harm residential schools had to our indigenous citizens and to show support because everyone matters.

Music Department

Today, Periods 7 & 8, Grade 8 band will have class. Make sure you bring your instrument, books and a pencil to class!

Tomorrow, Grade 7 will NOT have band class due to the Terry Fox event. Make sure to support this fantastic cause!

On Monday, ALL BAND STUDENTS, will have rehearsals: Jr. Concert Band during Period 2 and Sr. Concert Band right after school!


Attention senior baseball players, a very important meeting today at 11:40 in Mr Sanford’s room. Attendance is mandatory.


D&D will be starting today. Anyone who is interested in playing or just wondering what it’s about, we will be having a meeting at lunch in Mme. Comeau’s room, room 112.

Environmental Committee

Reminder of our meeting at lunch in Mrs. Osmond’s room today. Bring your ideas and your consent forms for leadership camp! (say smiley face emoji)

Girls Hockey

There will be a meeting today for any girls interested in playing hockey this year.

High school girls who are interested are asked to meet at the benches by the office at 1:40pm.

Middle School students may get the opportunity to participate on our senior girls’ hockey team if there is a need or to develop skills. Stay tuned for further announcements.

X-Country Running

Congratulations goes out to our cross country runners who competed in their first race of the season yesterday, at King Edgehill. All runners put their best foot forward and completed a very tough and hilly competition. In all age categories we had top 20 finishers, including: Ada Barrett, Alora Ells, Jai Wilson, Oliver Baker, Jack Passmore, Helen Koenen, Yasmine Alves deMelo and Aurora Aunon. Great Job Titans!! Our next practice will be Monday, after school.

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