National​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30,​ ​2017

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