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Looking back at Orange Shirt Day: Photo round up


image of northern health board members wearing orange shirts on a zoom call
Board members meeting with Cathy Ulrich, Chief Executive Officer

Orange Shirt Day was on September 30th, 2021. Orange Shirt Day is a time of collective remembrance during which we honour those who attended Residential Schools as well as their families and communities. It is also a time to demonstrate personal and organizational commitments to reconciliation. September 30th also marked the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

NH staff and physicians were out in full-force, wearing their brightest orange shirts to show support for residential school survivors. Check out the photos below to see who participated!

group of people wearing orange shirts on a zoom meeting
Top row - Melanie Robbestad, Executive Assistant to the Chief MHO & VP Population & Public Health
2nd row – Lindsay Seegmiller, Healthy Settings, Regional Manager, Healthy Community Development; Dr. Trevor Corneil, Medical Health Officer; Dr. Raina Fumerton, NW Medical Health Officer
3rd row – Dr. Rakel Kling, Medical Health Officer; Sabrina Dosanjh-Gantner, Regional Manager, Healthy Living & Chronic Disease Prevention, Population & Preventive Public Health; Doug Quibell, Regional Manager, Environmental Health, Public Health Protection; Lara Frederick, Regional Manager, Public Health Practice / Registered Nurse, Public Health Practice / Operating Room; Dennis Cleaver, Vice President, Population and Public Health
4th row – Dr. Jong Kim, Chief Medical Health Officer, Public Health Protection; Melanie Robbestad, Executive Assistant to the Chief MHO & VP Pop & Public Health, Medical Health; Kari Harder, Regional Manager, Population Health & PH Support, Epidemiology; Carla Ceaser, Regional Manager, Community Care & Facilities Licensing, Licensing
group of people wearing orange shirts on zoom meeting call
Board members meeting with Cathy Ulrich, Chief Executive Officer 
left side of images has computer screen with osd background and right side has people wearing orange shirts on zoom call
Orange Shirt Day desktop background and board members meeting with Cathy Ulrich
selfie of a woman with blonde hair wearing an orange shirt
Victoria Carter, Manager of the Mobile Primary Care Team, Prince Rupert
picture of a woman with red hair wearing an orange shirt day shirt
Shelby Petersen, Communications Specialist, Digital Engagement
three women standing in a row wearing orange shirt day shirts
L-R: Cathy Ulrich, Chief Executive Officer; Tanis Hampe, Vice President, Pandemic Response (Interim); Desa Chipman, Executive Assistant, CEO & Board

Support available

Support is available for anyone affected by the residential school experience.

  1. A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
  2. The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717 or online.
  3. The Northern BC Crisis Line offers 24/7 support across the NH region, and can be reached at 1-888-562-1214.