What is Orange Shirt Day?
In the spring of 2013, a commemoration event was held in Williams Lake, BC to honour those who attended the St. Joseph Mission residential school. Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the experience and story of Phyllis’ (Jack) Webstad whose shiny new orange shirt was taken away on her first day of school at the Mission. Her story and Orange shirt day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. Here is a short video of Phyllis sharing her story.
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
If you have an orange shirt, please wear one tomorrow. If you do not have an orange shirt, don’t worry. More important than wearing a shirt is talking about WHY we are wearing orange on September 30. Click here for more info.