Join us in our diocesan-wide support of Orange Shirt Day and help raise awareness of the need for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.
On Sunday, September 29, wear an orange shirt to church to honour residential school survivors and the children who did not survive Canada’s painful residential school system.
If you are in the Greater Victoria area t-shirts can be purchased at Cafe Fantastico on Quadra near Bay, Fernwood Yoga Den or any Big Wheel Burger location. $20. Many across the region are also selling t-shirts featuring artwork by local artists.
Why not make an event out of it? Consider hosting a pancake breakfast and donating the funds to the Anglican Healing Fund in support of healing and reconciliation activities across the country or give directly to groups hosting Orange Shirt Day events in your area.
Whatever you do, please send us your photos and stories from your Orange Shirt Day events so we can share them with others.
Orange Shirt Day events are happening across the island. Look for more information in your community area.
About Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away 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 it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
For more information visit orangeshirtday.org