Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

Join us in diocesan-wide support of the 6th annual Orange Shirt Day and help raise awareness of the need for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.

On Sunday, September 30, join us in wearing an orange shirt to church to honour residential school survivors, and the children who did not survive Canada’s painful residential school system.

Don’t have an orange t-shirt? Let us know if you are interested in participating.

About Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away 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 it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

For more information visit orangeshirtday.org to ask about how you can get involved.