Orange Shirt Day

Posted: September 30, 2019

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Setpember 30th is #OrangeShirtDay; a day to honour the survivors of the residential school system.

Since 2013, September 30 has been commemorated as “Orange Shirt Day”, inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad.

As a young girl, Phyllis was gifted a new orange shirt by her grandmother before she was taken to a B.C. residential school. The shirt was confiscated and destroyed by her teacher on the first day of classes. The story has come to symbolize the colonial assimilationist goals of the residential school system.

If you are interested in learning more about the ongoing journey of reconciliation, take a look at the toolkits for individuals, communities and organizations at https://reconciliationcanada.ca/resources/toolkits/