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Why an orange shirt?
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis Webstad who was 6 years old when she was sent to St. Joseph’s Indian Residential School – a place known as the “Mission”. Her Granny had bought her a new orange shirt for her first day. Upon her arrival to the Mission, her clothes and belongings were taken. She would never see her orange shirt again. Phyllis had to stay in St. Joseph’s Residential School for 300 sleeps, the orange shirt is a reminder of this difficult history and a symbol to never forget and to make change for the better.
For more information about Orange Shirt Day visit the website orangeshirtday.org