Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
In September 1973 Phyllis Jack Webstad was six years old and beginning school at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School. She proudly wore a new shiny orange shirt to her first day. Within minutes of her arrival, she was stripped of all her clothes, including her new shirt, which she never saw again.
Each year on September 30th, we recognize Orange Shirt Day as an acknowledgement of the harm that the Residential School system did to thousands of Indigenous children. At the same time, Orange Shirt Day has come to mean more – it is an opportunity to do anti-racism work and to reinforce anti-bullying policies; it is a time to come together in reconciliation and truth.
Wear orange on September 30th to show your recognition and support.
Further information and details of events can be found at www.orangeshirtday.org.
Take the pledge to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report here: http://trcreadingchallenge.com
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is holding a walk starting at Lu’Ma Native Housing Society at 2960 Nanaimo St. beginning at 10AM. Lunch and refreshments will be served.