Honouring Residential School survivors and those who did not survive... Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for the community to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Every Child Matters
Selkirk College will be taking part in Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters on September 28 to raise awareness about what happened to Indigenous students at residential schools across Canada.
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad, a Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation elder in Williams Lake, B.C. She wore a bright orange shirt to her first day of residential school in 1973 when she was six-years-old. The shirt was taken from her and since then, the colour orange has reminded her that her feelings didn't matter. Orange Shirt Day was started in Williams Lake in 2013 to commemorate all residential school survivors.
Join Selkirk College Staff and Students along with hundreds of people from across Canada to observe Orange Shirt Day. This educational day will be hosted in partnership with Indigenous Services, Campus Recreation, and the Selkirk College Student’s Union.
There will be an information table in The Pit on the Castlegar Campus from 10 to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 28.
You are also welcome to attend a special screening of the powerful film Indian Horse on September 27. Learn more...