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Orange Shirt Day

Event Date: Sep 30, 2020

Schools in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board are invited to participate in Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (and September 29th for secondary school Cohort B).

Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, BC in 2013 at the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event and has since spread across the country. The name Orange Shirt Day honours survivor Phyllis Webstad's story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of school at the Mission. “When I was in school, I didn’t know my own history, so I am overjoyed that you are taking part and learning the true history of Canada’s First Peoples,” said Phyllis Webstad, a Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation elder in Williams Lake, B.C., whose story inspired the Orange Shirt Day movement.

Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to continue the discussion, and to raise awareness of the residential school experience and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada.

The residential school era began in the early 1870’s, with the last school closing in 1996. More than 150,000 Indigenous, Métis and Inuit children attended these schools, with an estimated 80,000 survivors living today.

Wearing orange shirts is a symbol of the commitment to raise awareness of the residential school system, promote reconciliation, and to ensure that “Every Child Matters.”

For more Information, please visit:
Official website -
Hear Phyllis’ story at ... .
CBC Kids -What is Orange Shirt Day: ...

Residential School Resources:
Gord Downie’s The Secret Path -
The Legacy of Hope Foundation - ...

Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day