Creating Awareness for Residential School Survivors

Held annually on Sept. 30, Orange Shirt Day helps open the door to conversations about all aspects of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind.

Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day was created to acknowledge the impact the residential school system had on children’s self-esteem and well-being and also to serve as an affirmation to the commitment that, “Every Child Matters.”

The orange shirt was chosen in recognition of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story. Phyllis was only six-years old when her grandmother gave her a bright orange shirt to wear on her first day at a residential school. When she arrived she was stripped of her clothing and never saw her orange shirt again. Phyllis says, “the color orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing.”

On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, join RVS students and staff in sporting an orange shirt in acknowledgement of Phyllis and all the residential school survivors.

For more information visit the Orange Shirt Day website.

Creating Awareness for Residential School Survivors

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