Orange Shirt Day

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 but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform. 

Today, events are designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honor the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

As of 2021, Orange Shirt Day also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and is a Canadian statutory holiday.

More about the story of Orange Shirt Day

What is Orange Shirt Day? (kids resource)

For a full list of event in the area, click HERE

Orange Shirt Day Contest

Decorate an orange shirt by answering one of the following questions:

Draw or write what Truth and Reconciliation means to you or your family. How will you help prevent discrimination or how does this issue effect you and your family?

Hand in your decorated shirt to the circulation desk. All entries will be entered in a draw with the chance to win an orange shirt and copy of The Orange Shirt Story: The True Story of Orange Shirt Day by Phyllis Webstad.

Entries must be handed in before September 30, 2021.

Pick up your entry forms at the library or print your own HERE