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About Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 and was created to educate Canadians on the history and lasting impact of the residential school system. Every year on September 30th is a chance for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.

The Orange Shirt Society:

Remember Me - An Annual Day of Remembrance (September 30)
A national gathering to remember Indigenous children & families affected by the Indian Residential Schools and all Indigenous child apprehension programs.

Learn about Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken away from her as a six-year-old girl.

Elders and Residential School Survivors, Cyril Pierre and Joseph Ginger, return to the grounds of St. Mary's Indian Residential School located in Mission, BC. Indigenous storytellers, Dallas Yellowfly and Alysha Collie, accompany them. They explain why Orange Shirt Day is every day, and why this day is so important.

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