On September 30, people from across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. You are encouraged to participate in Orange Shirt Day!
We’re asking you to join the national observance on September 30, but also to wear orange to your worship gathering on September 27.
Why orange? Because of Phyllis Jack Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who went to St. Joseph Mission Residential School. On her first day of school, Phyllis wore an orange shirt that her grandmother had given her. It was immediately taken away and that marked the beginning of Phyllis’s long separation from her family and community, a separation caused by actions of the church and the federal government.
Orange Shirt Day is a time for us all to remember those events, their ongoing impact, and just as importantly, the continuing strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples.
What can you do?
1. Mark Orange Shirt Day in your worship service on September 27
Whether you are meeting in person or online, please ask people to wear orange for a community picture, whether that’s a safely distanced group photo, a Zoom call screen shot, or a collage. Share your photos on Facebook and Twitter and send them to info@communityofchrist for use on our social media pages.
2. Wear an orange shirt on Wednesday, September 30
Whether you’re at work, at school, or at home, get out that orange shirt! Make sure you take a picture to share on Facebook and Twitter and challenge your friends and family to do the same. You can also send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org for use on our social media pages.
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