Orange shirt day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality it began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being a rare and wonderful thing for a First Nation girl growing up in her grandmother’s care - but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform.
So we wear orange on this day to educate all and raise awareness about those who suffered and those who still endure the trauma inflicted by the residential school era.
Grab a shirt and show your support, whether you're Indigenous or non-Indigenous. Miigwetch!
On September 30th, we wear orange to educate and raise awareness about the traumas inflicted by the residential school era. Show your support for better futures and grab yours from our shop:
Proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to orangeshirtday.org