Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away 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 (September 30) was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day will be commemorated in the YCDSB on Monday, October 1st. All staff and students who wish to participate are asked to wear an orange shirt.
Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.