Orange Shirt Day on Friday, Sept. 20th

Orange Shirt Day



Orange Shirt Day

September 30th

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Background: Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event

held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’account of losing her pretty new orange shirt 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 children are back in school and teachers

have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti‐racism and anti‐bullying policies for

the year. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community

agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.