Wear an orange shirt on Saturday, September 30 to walk with and show your support for ￼Indigenous and Non-Indigenous reconciliation, acknowledge the trauma of the Residential Schools experience, and affirm that Every Child Matters.
National Orange Shirt Day, held on September 30 annually, is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, in 2013. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of having her new orange shirt being taken away on her first day of school at the Mission. It has become an annual discussion on all aspects of residential schools, and sets the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school/church year.
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis), local governments, schools, churches, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation with hope and begin to take steps to make lasting changes for generations of children to come.
For more info, visit orangeshirtday.org. You may also go to Facebook: Orange Shirt Day-Every Child Matters. Post pictures, share your story, enjoy others sharing their experiences, and take action by showing your support.
Wear an orange shirt Saturday, September 30! Please post your picture to the CUC’s Love and Justice Facebook group!
The CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide Team