Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day is celebrated across Canada every September 30th.  YCDSB invites its school communities to celebrate Orange Shirt Day with us on September 30, 2020, by wearing an orange T-Shirt and sharing pictures of the impact your school is making by Tweeting to us @FNMI_YCDSB@ycdsb  or use the hashtags #OrangeShirt_ycdsb.

  What is Orange Shirt Day?

In the spring of 2013, a commemoration event was held in Williams Lake, BC to honour those who attended the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school. Orange Shirt Day was inspired by the experience and story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad whose shiny new orange shirt was taken away on her first day of school at the Mission. Her story and Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

Who can get involved?

We invite everyone in YCDSB to join in honouring all those who attended residential schools. By wearing an orange shirt on September  30 (Cohort A) and October 1 (cohort B), and sharing your stories on social media you can help spread the word, raise awareness and honour our Indigenous community. An Orange Shirt Day prayer will be read system-wide on this day.


*****Students should wear an orange t-shirt with their uniform pants and shoes.