Orange Shirt Day 2017

Posted in News on 28 Sep 17

Orange Shirt Day
Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.


Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
Saturday, September 30th Noon to 4:00pm
Centennial Square
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There is Truth Here: Panel Discussion & Public Celebration
Saturday, September 30th, 2:30pm to 5:00pm
University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries, 630 Yates Street
Contact Katie Hughes at
Email: Telephone: 250-721-6562
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Orange Shirt Day
Friday, September 29th, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Room 140, Cowichan Campus, Vancouver Island Unversity
2011 University Way, Duncan
Email: Telephone: 250-746-7661 x4
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Every Child Matters/Orange Shirt Day
Friday, Septempber 29th, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Building 170 Shq'apthut- A Gathering Place
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First Annual Walk to Reconciliation
Friday, September 29th, 10:00am
Dick Murphy Park
Organized by Aboriginal Success By 6 and Community Success By 6.
The event is sponsored by a Canada 150 grant. Organizers say:
"It allows us the exciting opportunity to walk together into a future that acknowledges the Indigenous culture that laid the foundation of our home and will shape our future."
The walk will follow a route around the Tyee Spit.
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