Remembering Native Residential Schools: #OrangeShirtDay is September 30
Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation
Orange Shirt day is an annual event held each September 30th in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government polic...
September 30th is #OrangeShirtDay, an annual day to create awareness regarding the plight of Native Residential / Indian Boarding Schools in Canada as well as in the United States. This year, September 30th falls on Sunday, thus teachers and individuals are also recognizing September 28th by wearing orange shirts to work or schools.
Orange Shirt Day: every child matters
Orange Shirt Day: communities coming together in a spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters
#OrangeShirtDay grew out of Phyllis Webstad's story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school. She never saw the shirt again.
In a video by Webstad, she describes being stripped of her orange shirt that had been a gift from her grandmother. “Today is a day to honor and remember residential school survivors and their families, every child matters,” says Webstad in the video.
The effort has since grown to receive international exposure and recognition.
As cited in the Canadian news site Global News, Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott is urging Canadians to wear orange on Sept. 30 as part of Orange Shirt Day.
“All Canadians have a role to play in reconciliation,” said Philpott as well as Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett in a statement.
“On September 30, we encourage everyone to not only wear orange but to also take this opportunity to learn more about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools…”
People have also been taking to social media posting selfies of themselves wearing orange shirts accompanied with the hashtags #OrangeShirtDay and #EveryChildMatters.
Here are some of the recent tweets regarding #OrangeShirtDay.
Indigenous Affairs on Twitter
“Sunday is #OrangeShirtDay. Wear orange to support and honour residential school survivors. Share to encourage others!”
Tara Hutchcraft on Twitter
“Orange Shirt Day October 4th ... Today we read "Stolen Voices" and started the conversation around what Orange Shirt Day stands for.”
Laura Shaver on Twitter
“Tomorrow is orange shirt day in @wrdsb schools. Read more here . https://t.co/sGQMU1o71m”
Sherwood PS on Twitter
“Our students in Grade 3 used our text of the week "Stolen Words" to better understand the importance of voice and reconciliation for Orange Shirt Day.”
Mrs. Perez on Twitter
“Thank you to my favourite people for supporting Orange Shirt Day at @nasismiddle”
Devon Middle School on Twitter
“Orange Shirt Day @ Devon Middle School. A day of honouring and learning.”
Vincent Schilling on Twitter
“Today I am wearing an orange shirt signed by students at Ronan Middle School. It was a gift I received after speaking over the course of several days. Today and Sep. 30 wear your orange shirt in honor of Native Residential Schools. #OrangeShirtDay #EveryChildMatters”
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