Every year on September 30, we recognize and honour Orange Shirt Day in Canada as part of our ongoing commitment to cultural safety and humility.
Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at residential school. She was among the hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children who attended Indian residential schools in Canada between the late 1800s and 1996 and who must now live with the devastating and lasting effects. While wearing orange today reminds us of the impact of residential schools still felt, it’s also become a symbol of hope, ongoing healing and reconciliation and honours the experience of Indigenous Peoples.
Here are some ways you can show your support for Orange Shirt Day:
Learn the origins of Orange Shirt Day and share its story
Take some time to read about Orange Shirt Day and share its story with your friends and family. Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
Attend an upcoming webinar
The First Nations House of Learning and UBC Learning Circle is hosting a free webinar on September 22, featuring Phyllis Webstad who will be sharing her story. Learn more about the meaning behind Orange Shirt Day as well as the Orange Shirt Society and the programs it offers that reaffirm “Every Child Matters.” Learn more and register.
In honour of Orange Shirt Day and as part of our commitment to cultural safety and humility, our team will be wearing orange on September 30.
How are you and your team recognizing Orange Shirt Day this year?