Orange SHIRT Day

posted Sep 27, 2018, 11:39 AM by Tania Gamache

Monday, October 1st is Orange Shirt Day at STM. Orange Shirt Day is an influential movement sweeping across Canada that is helping to educate our students and communities on the history and legacy of the Residential School system. The official Orange Shirt Day is commemorated on September 30th each year. As September 30th falls on a Sunday this year, schools are encouraged to participate on Monday, October 1st by wearing any piece of orange clothing.

Orange Shirt Day was created during the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project in Williams Lake, BC, in May 2013. Former student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl, which prompted the realization that many survivors have similar stories. 

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