Orange Shirt Day: September 30

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school. September 30 has become an annual day of recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and wellbeing, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

Wearing an orange shirt is a way to honour the survivors and remember those that did not survive. Falling on the last day of the 2016 UBCM Convention, UBCM delegates are encouraged to wear orange on September 30. Orange Shirt Day t-shirts are also available for sale online.

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