‘Employers Have Rights, Too’

Here’s a case of an entitled aboriginal deciding it was O.K. to skip his workplace uniform and instead wear a t-shirt promoting an Aboriginal Grievance Day. Of course, he’s now upset that the company sent him home — even though they gave him the bus fare…

“A ‘Quality Foods’ employee in Victoria, B.C. was sent home from work Sept. 30 because he wore an orange shirt to honor residential school ‘survivors’ {the pejorative term for ‘former students’}. When Edwin Frommelt turned up for his shift as produce clerk at the Quality Foods View Royal wearing an orange shirt with his black dress pants, his assistant manager told him to change back into his uniform—a collared shirt with tie —or go home.

“Despite a second conversation with his assistant manager and a 10-minute telephone discussion that Frommelt initiated with ‘Human Resources’ at the company’s head office, Frommelt got the phone call from the store’s manager to change or go home. Because he didn’t have his uniform with him, he had to go home.

I felt quite disgusted with how they were handling the situation”,
said Frommelt.

“He had to collect change for the bus from customer services and that’s where Frommelt received ‘overwhelming support’ from a customer wearing her own orange shirt. The woman, who appeared to be ‘non-‘indigenous’, knew about ‘Orange Shirt Day’ even if Quality Foods didn’t, despite the fact that Orange Shirt day was born in B.C. The customer and her husband had been waiting to speak to the assistant manager but after hearing Frommelt was being sent home for being out of uniform, they left the store.

That definitely felt a lot better than the way I was treated by the actual work place by the employees, and I actually felt really good and quite supported by (her)”,
he said.

“Frommelt had explained to HR that despite a store policy for wearing the uniform, there were days when employees turned up in pink shirts, as a nod to anti-bullying day, wore Hallowe’en costumes for a full week, and dressed in blue jeans on wear-jeans-to-work day. But Frommelt wasn’t allowed to break from the uniform dress code.
{Big difference — The other examples were all arranged in advance by the company…}

“Fommelt wants his work place to change its stand.

“Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, B.C. in 2013, at the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event. It has since spread across the country, with schools and communities commemorating the event.

“Frommelt is Cree from the Peguis tribe. While he has no family that went to residential school, his wife’s grandmother attended. Frommelt said it’s important that Orange Shirt Day be recognized. His shirt has “Reconciliation” written in the front and “Every Child Matters” written above a feather on the back.

It’s quite important to me so my children know what happened and the upbringing and I guess the history ‘our people’ have gone through”,
he said.
And that they have the right to be recognized as people now.

“Frommelt has been working for just over a year at Quality Foods. On Sept 30, 2017, he wasn’t on shift, but says he wore an orange shirt. Whether he remains working at Quality Foods is still uncertain, although he says he plans to continue to publicize what happened.

He doesn’t want to be bullied by a corporation; however, if an apology or amends are not attempted to be made, then that will change his decision”,
said wife Amanda Lynn Delorme.
{He doesn’t have the proverbial ‘leg to stand on’…}

“The response has ranged from a boycott of Quality Foods, to support of management…”

–‘Employee sent home for wearing Orange Shirt for residential school ‘survivors’,
Shari Narine, Windspeaker News, October 1st, 2018

http://www.windspeaker.com/news/windspeaker-news/employee-sent-home-for-wearing-orange-shirt-for-residential-school-survivors/
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It’s understandable that a child would be upset by having to trade in a favourite piece of clothing for a school uniform, but it was the same for all children — not just aboriginal — at religious schools. What isn’t understandable is that she would still be holding a grievance all these years later. This is where counselling comes in…

P.S. She only attended for one year, when she was six. Life back on the reserve resulted in her becoming pregnant before her 14th birthday…

I went to the Mission 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

When I got to the Mission, they stripped me, and took away my clothes, including the orange shirt! I never wore it again…The color 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…”

“Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem ‘First Nation’ (Canoe Creek Indian Band) {a ‘nation’ of 270 people}. She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage, was born in Dog Creek, and lives in Williams Lake, BC. Today, Phyllis is married, has one son, a step-son and three grandsons. She earned diplomas in Business Administration from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology; and in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University…”
{Thanks to schooling provided by the Canadian government…}

–‘PHYLLIS’ STORY: the original orange shirt’,

http://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html

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2 Comments

  1. “Orange shirt day was the subject of a news article in the Citizen. It described the story of a 6-year-old girl being sent to boarding school by her grandmother. We don’t know why the girl was in the custody of her grandmother. The grandmother bought the girl an Orange shirt to start school with. When she arrived at school, she was stripped naked, her Orange shirt was taken away. She never got the shirt back. (This is a poster story made for the culture of victimhood.) A 6-year old traumatized by being required to take a bath. It might have been the girl’s first bath. There was no running water on the reserves, no bath tub and the culture didn’t expect children to bathe. The bath with lots of lye soap was required because most of the reserves had fleas, head lice and some head tics.These pests would be hard to eradicate if they became resident in the school. Every student had a bath with lye soap and their clothes were burned. The girl would spend 10 months in a flea- and louse-free environment. She would be fed, clothed and have a warm, clean bed. We don’t know why the grandmother chose to send the girl to boarding school. She could have moved to a town and had her attend day school. The government would have paid because it would be much cheaper than full care boarding school. I can’t judge because the girl in the story is probably older than me. My judgments would be out of date and out of time. Out of date and out of time is the way shame-blaming stories are always presented, because that is the only way they have any credibility at all.”

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/365358460594573/permalink/528051160991968/

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  2. He had to ask a customer for bus fare ? How was he going to get home at end of his shift ?

    This crap has gone way tooooo far ! The woman had her shirt removed to put on school uniform, maybe her mother would have taken it home..and I’m sure it wasn’t ripped off her as I’ve heard her say on TV !

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