An image of the Aboriginal Gathering Place at College of the Rockies.

Join Indigenous Education Team (Early) Orange Shirt Day Zoom Discussion with Ktunaxa Elders Gina and Kay.

Time: 1:00 pm Mountain Time

What is Orange Shirt Day?

September 30th was declared Orange Shirt Day because it falls during the time of year that Indigenous children were taken away from their families and sent to Residential Schools. It is a day of recognition of the harm residential schools did to Indigenous children.

We wear Orange Shirts because of Phyllis Webstad’s Story. Phyllis was sent to a Residential School when she was 6-years-old. Her grandmother had bought her a new outfit to go to school in. Phyllis picked out a shiny orange shirt that looked just at bright and excited she was to be going to school.

When Phyllis got to school, they stripped her and took away her clothes. She never got her shirt back, and that shirt has always reminded her of the injustices that she and the many other children endured while attending Residential School.

If you need a Orange Shirt or would like to purchase a new one you can reach purchase them at Aqam Trading Gas Bar

They have new orange shirts in stock for Orange Shirt Day on September 30.

$25 - S-XL
$28 2XL & UP

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