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.
Orange Shirt Day
Selkirk College will be taking part in Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters on September 28 (the official day is September 30 but this year, that date falls on a Saturday) 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 Aboriginal Services, Campus Recreation, and the Selkirk College Student’s Union. Participants are invited to take place in a Blanket Exercise hosted in the Gathering Place at 9:30 am, followed by a gathering in the Pit where there will be guest speakers and refreshments.
Please register by contacting Leah Lychowyd.