Former residential school survivor, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, has shared her story of her first day at residential school when her new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl. This act left Phyllis feeling invisible and worthless and affected the way she lived for much of her life.
Phyllis’ story is the nucleus for what has become a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of Indian residential schools, honour them, and show a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation. Equally, it serves as a healing journey for the survivors and a commitment by all who wear an orange shirt, that every child matters.
Please consider purchasing a shirt and wear it on Thursday, September 30.
100% of the sale proceeds will be shared between two organizations: Orange Shirt Society and Indian Residential School Survivor Society.