Orange Shirt Day (Wednesday, September 30)

“Every Child Matters” - Orange Shirt Day

Once again this year we will be honouring Residential School Survivors on Wednesday, September 30th by wearing orange.  If you are interested in purchasing an official “Every Child Matters” t-shirt you can visit the Orange Shirt Day website.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis’s account of losing her pretty new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because children are back in school and it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.