Survivors share stories on Orange Shirt Day – Pictou Advocate

by ahnationtalk on October 3, 201877 Views

October 3, 2018

PICTOU LANDING — Smiles overcame the solemnity of Orange Shirt Day on Friday at Pictou Landing First Nation.

The orange t-shirts worn by participants bore a message this year indicating the service beside the community’s monument was “in honour of residential school survivors and in memory of those who did not.”

The monument in Pictou Landing contains a message in Mi’kmaq and English with an account that the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School operated from 1929 to 1967 and how the monument “honours Pictou Landing First Nation former students and their families for their resilience and represents hope for future generations.”

Jennie Stevens is among the survivors and she presided over the ceremony that began with a march led by Pictou District RCMP Const. Shaylene Sutherland and drummer Noel Nicholas, also a survivor of the residential school in Shubenacadie. Residents and students at the Pictou Landing First Nation Elementary School attended the ceremony.

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