Orange Shirt Day is a day of remembrance and an act of reconciliation.
It is an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit; local governments; schools; and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Orange Shirt Day officially takes place on September 30th each year and is an annual Canada-wide event to commemorate and educate on the history and lasting impact of residential schools. It grew out of a gathering of survivors held in Williams Lake, British Columbia in 2013, where Phyllis Webstad, who attended St. Joseph Mission residential school, shared her experience of having her new orange shirt taken on her first day.
To read more on the history of Orange Shirt Day, please visit: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/.
Below is our 2021 selection of books to raise awareness about the residential school system.