Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Society
Orange Shirt Day is observed annually on September 30th to honour Residential School Survivors and their families and to remember those who did not make it back home. It was initially envisioned as a way to keep the conversations going about all aspects of Residential Schools in Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region of British Columbia, Canada and has now expanded into a movement across Canada and beyond.
This book is designed as a textbook for students in Grades 5+ and is an excellent resource for parents and the general public as well. For every book purchased, 15% of the proceeds go to the Orange Shirt Society, a nonprofit based in Williams Lake, BC, that guides the Orange Shirt Day movement.
The purposes of the society are:
- To support Indian Residential School Reconciliation.
- To create awareness of the individual, family, and community intergenerational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Society activities.
- To create awareness of the concept that Every Child Matters.
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the story of a Residential School Survivor named Phyllis Webstad. When Phyllis was six years old she went to an Indian Residential School for the first time wearing a brand new “shiny orange shirt” bought by her Grandmother. When she arrived at the school her shirt was taken away, never to be worn again. To Phyllis Webstad, the colour orange symbolized that she did not matter. Today, she has learned to accept the colour, and even have fun with it, and now the orange shirt has instead become a symbol of hope and reconciliation.
- This book was approved and edited by Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorely
- Hardcover, 156 pages
- Published 2020
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