Orange Shirt Day Friday Sept 28

Since the date of September 30, 2018 falls on a Sunday, YRDSB will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Friday September 28, 2018 in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the future generations. The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973.

Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform.

The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.

YRDSB staff and students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 28, 2018 to recognize the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors.

Please listen to the story narrated by Phyllis Webstad .