Langley was a sea of orange

Langley students across the district wore orange shirts on Sept. 30 to honour children who were forced into residential schools

Former Langley school trustee Cecelia Reekie (left)takes part in traditional drumming and singing at an assembly at Glenwood Elementary on Sept. 30- Orange Shirt Day.

It was a sea of orange on Wednesday, as students, teachers and administrators donned the bright coloured shirts to honour the children who survived Indian residential school and remember those who didn’t on Sept. 30.

Assemblies were held, and members of the Kwantlen First Nation spoke to students at several schools across the district explaining about what happened at residential schools and the reconciliation process underway.

Former Langley school trustee Cecelia Reekie, whose own father is a survivor of residential school, spoke out last year, hoping that every school in Langley would embrace Orange Shirt Day which includes the motto: “every child matters.”

She dreamed of seeing a sea of orange in Langley.

“I raise my hands to all who took part in Orange Shirt Day, we will journey together to reconciliation,” Reekie wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

Reekie took part in traditional drumming and singing at an assembly at  Glenwood Elementary students and then spoke to the large group of students. That school was a sea of orange, as were almost every other elementary, middle and secondary school in Langley.

Dozens of pictures can be found on Twitter at #orangesd35

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement will be signed at the Kwantlen Community Centre. Langley will be the 111th school district to sign the historic agreement that will incorporate Aboriginal culture and history into the new B.C. curriculum.