Orange Shirt Day

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Why Orange Shirts?


On Sept. 30, 2013, Phyllis Webstad (residential school survivor) organized the first Orange Shirt Day to acknowledge residential school survivors who lost their families - as well as the strength of the human spirit and community when faced with adversityIt 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. 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. (

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 St. Mary’s Catholic School will host our first Orange Shirt Day.  We are asking all members of our school community to wear an orange shirt on this day.  Thank you