Background: Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph’s Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’s account of losing her pretty new orange shirt 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 was chosen because children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Wearing an orange t-shirt is the best way to show support for the event. You also may want to wear an orange bandana, scarf, etc. instead. T-shirts are available through: Safe and Caring School “Every Child Matters” Proceeds will go to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities.