(All Living Things Matter)

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 when Phyllis Webstad shared her experience of having her brand-new orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school. “To Phyllis Webstad, the colour orange symbolized that she did not matter.” After many years, Phyllis has learned to accept the colour and even “have fun with it”. The orange shirt has now become a symbol of hope and reconciliation.

Today, September 30th has become a time to acknowledge the tragic legacy of residential schools, honour the students, survivors and their families, and also an opportunity for all Canadians to join in the spirit of reconciliation.

Join us in wearing an orange shirt to mark this day and to commit to the belief that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

Orange Shirt Day Video:

Learn more about the story behind orange shirt day at



Orange Shirt day artwork : Carey Newman Hayalthkin’geme (Kwakwaka’wakw/Coast Salish), Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest.


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