Orange Shirt Day is observed each year on Sept 30th. Orange shirts were chosen as a sign of support based on the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who was sent to the St. Joseph Mission Residential School outside of Williams Lake BC in 1973 at the age of six. For her first day at school Phyllis proudly wore an orange shirt that her grandmother had managed to save enough money to buy for her, only to have the mission staff take it away and force her to wear a school uniform.
In recognizing September 30, 2021 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Diversity and Inclusion Network proudly present an online Virtual Honouring for residential school children who did not make it home, survivors, descendants, and their communities.
The virtual event will include inspiring speakers such as Elder Lorna Standingready and Chief Cadmus Delorme; video clips from cyclist, B'yauling Toni's tours of Saskatchewan residential schools; and traditional First Nation and Metis performances!
OSD’s Facebook event- https://www.facebook.com/events/121626033483329/?ref=newsfeed