Orange Shirt Day (September 30)
The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973. Phyllis Webstad had her orange shirt taken from her and she was forced to wear the school’s uniform.
The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.
Recognize the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors by wearing an orange shirt on Monday September 30.