Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour children and youth who attended Residential Schools in Canada.
Orange Shirt Day began when six-year old Phyllis Jack Webstad attended St. Joseph Mission Residential School located in Williams Lake, BC, Canada in 1973. It was her first day and she was wearing her new shiny orange shirt that was bought by her grandmother when the institution stripped her, took away her clothes and replaced it with a school uniform.
Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO) is encouraging everyone to get involved by:
- Wearing an orange shirt on September 30th to show your support that “Every Child Matters”
- Sharing Phyllis’ story: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html
- Reading and learning more about the history of Residential Schools
Today, September 30th, wear an orange shirt to honour Residential School System survivors, victims, and their families.
Siblings from Dokis First Nation are here to teach you about smudging and what the Seven Grandfather Teachings mean to them. Liam, Alivia, and Robert offer a prayer, and Danette Restoule, Elder-in-Residence of ANCFSAO, offers a word of wisdom.