Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Wear orange on this day to show your support and acknowledge the experience and legacy of the children and families of the Indian Residential Schools.  Flood social media with a picture of you in your orange shirt and use #everychildmatters #truthandreconciliation #orangeshirtday #canadianhistory #residentialschool

In 2013 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission went to Williams Lake, BC and at that event Phyllis Webstad (Northern Secwpemc (Shushap) from Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation) told her story of being brought to St. Joseph's Residential School ("the mission') when she was 6 years old. As a 3rd generation IRS survivor, Phyllis spoke of how, on her arrival, her new orange shirt, a gift from her granny, was taken from her, never to be seen again. It is also known that many children did not survive and so did not return home to their families. The Orange Shirt has become a national symbol on September 30th recognizing that Every Child Matters. For more information‚Äč


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