Recognizing Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day when we honour the Indigenous children who were taken from their families to attend residential schools in Canada.

Residential Schools were church-run schools where Metis, Inuit and First Nations children were sent between 1860 and the 1990’s forcing them to speak English or French instead of their ancestral languages. Disconnecting them from their culture and traditions forcing them to adopt Christianity in order to assimilate into Canadian society.

In Nova Scotia, at the Shubenacadie Residential School, Mi’kmaw children experienced unspeakable abuses and suffered alone in silence.

Phyllis Webstad a survivor of a Residential school started Orange Shirt Day. She wears orange as a reminder of “how no one cared and felt like I was worth nothing.”

The colour highlights that every, child, adult and survivor matters.

We encourage our members to learn more about Orange Shirt Day at www.orangeshirtday.org.