WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEPTEMBER 30?
Since 2013, Sept. 30 has been observed as Orange Shirt Day across the country —
a day, created by residential school survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad.
Canadians are encouraged to wear orange shirts to commemorate the Indigenous children who were forcefully
taken from their homes and placed in residential schools.
According to the Orange Shirt Day website, Sept. 30 was selected as it was around the time that those
children were removed from their homes. The colour orange is significant because it was the colour of Webstad’s
shirt on her first day of residential school — a shirt that was taken away from her once she arrived.
Click HERE to read Phyllis Webstad’s story