Orange shirt day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality, it began in 1973 when six-year-old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand-new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being a rare and wonderful thing for a First Nation girl growing up in her grandmother’s care – but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform.
Orange Shirt Day was started by Phyllis to educate people about residential schools and fight racism and bullying. The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is that every child matters.
What can you do? There are many ways you can get involved!
Educate yourself on Indigenous history and read works by Indigenous authors
This year, students can watch a virtual event online hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Watch and Share Phyllis’ story.
As a social service organization, SVNH honours the memory of the children and families affected by residential schools in Canada. We take responsibility in educating our staff and community through our services about the trauma inflected by residential schools. Today we wear orange! https://www.facebook.com/southvanNH
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
From now until September 20– the City of Vancouver is seeking people’s input to help draft Budget 2021.
Each year City staff prepare an annual operating and capital budget and five-year financial plan for City Council’s consideration. They hope to hear your input on priorities for City spending and to get your opinions about how the City is managing its finances on your behalf. In early December, the draft budget for 2021 will be presented to City Council for review and approval.
It’s more important than ever to hear from members of our communities!
Ways you can be to be involved:
Complete thesurvey to tell about your priorities for City spending and managing your tax dollars – survey closes September 20.
Available in 中文(both Traditional and Simplified Chinese),ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi), Tagalog and Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese).
Try balancing the City’s budget with the new interactive‘Balance the Budget‘ tool and let them know where you think they should spend more or less
Low income seniors and other vulnerable groups living in Victoria-Fraserview, Killarney and Sunset struggle to find access to free or low-cost food in their neighbourhood. Since COVID-19 started, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank closed their distribution site in Victoria-Fraserview and relocated to Mount Pleasant. The new site is difficult for seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with young children to access. SVNH stepped in to offer temporary emergency food distribution, which has now ended due to limited space.
There is a gap in access to emergency food for low income seniors and other vulnerable groups in South Vancouver. As a result of this challenge, the South Vancouver Seniors Hub Council has taken the lead on an online petition to help increase awareness of the food insecurity that exists in South Vancouver. Please sign the petition below by clicking on the link. Share this with your contacts and help our neighbours’ voices be heard.
The City of Vancouver has recently completed translated COVID-19 resource pages to help community navigate extensive number of resources and supports available. Currently, the information is available in seven languages, and contains links to a wide range of translated and untranslated materials.