Orange Shirt Day

September 30th, 2021

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. (Canadian Heritage Campaign 2021)

Thank you to Mrs. Erdelyi's class for their work on Woodland Art which is a style of First Nations' art that expressed the connection of spirituality and symbolism of plants, animals and people using bold colours. Ojibway legend Norval Morrisseau was considered the 'Picasso of the North', and awarded the Order of Canada in 1978.