People across Canada wore orange Monday, Sept. 30 to show support for residential school survivors.
Orange Shirt Day recognizes the effects and intergenerational impacts of the residential school system on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit children in Canada.
Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, British Columbia by the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration project. Phyllis Webstad, a young girl from the Dog Creek reserve, attended the Mission in 1973, where her clothes were removed, including her brand new orange shirt.
Phyllis’ story inspired the Mission to declare Sept. 30 Orange Shirt Day, as this was the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to attend residential schools.
We asked Sudburians to send us their Orange Shirt Day pics. Check them out in the photo gallery above.