Victoria Orange Shirt Day

Xe Xe Smun’ Eem

30 September 2019

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HONOURING THE SURVIVORS

Welcome to Victoria Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a annual national event that is held on September 30th in Canada. The purpose is to bring people together to honour and remember the sacrifices of residential school survivors and their families.

History of the Orange Shirt

It is an event that grew from Phyllis Webstad sharing her story in 2013 of having her shiny orange shirt taken from her at the age of six when she arrived at St. Joseph Mission residential school. Her story created an opportunity for discussion on the aspects and experiences of the residential school legacy.

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HONOURING THE SURVIVORS

Welcome to Victoria Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a annual national event that is held on September 30th in Canada. The purpose is to bring people together to honour and remember the sacrifices of residential school survivors and their families.

History of the Orange Shirt

It is an event that grew from Phyllis Webstad sharing her story in 2013 of having her shiny orange shirt taken from her at the age of six when she arrived at St. Joseph Mission residential school. Her story created an opportunity for discussion on the aspects and experiences of the residential school legacy.

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Event Organizers

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie and friend Kristin Spray initiated Victoria Orange Shirt Day in 2015 while attending the Indigenous Studies program at Camosun College. After graduating in 2017 they continued to recognized the sacrifices of residential school survivors by bringing the event to the City of Victoria.

A proclamation was presented on September 30, 2018 from the Province of British Columbia, to honor and remember residential school survivors and their families.

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Event Organizers

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie and friend Kristin Spray initiated Victoria Orange Shirt Day in 2015 while attending the Indigenous Studies program at Camosun College.

After graduating in 2017 they continued to recognized the sacrifices of residential school survivors by bringing the event to the City of Victoria.

A proclamation was presented on September 30, 2018 from the Province of British Columbia, to honor and remember residential school survivors and their families.

Learn More About the Organizers

“I want to release what is inside of me. All that fear. All that anger. All that pain. I want all of Canada to know why we are the way we are today.”

Eddy Charlie

“I want to release what is inside of me. All that fear. All that anger. All that pain. I want all of Canada to know why we are the way we are today.”

Eddy Charlie

DESIGNED FOR CONNECTION

About the Design

Local artist Bear Horne designed the the Victoria Orange Shirt t-shirts. Horne’s design features a bear to help us follow the right path, an eagle to help us have a vision of a bright future, a hummingbird to keep our mind, body and spirit healthy, and a flower to feed the connection of all these elements.

Our Orange Shirts are available to purchase for $20 all year-round.

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DESIGNED FOR CONNECTION

About the Design

Local artist Bear Horne designed the the Victoria Orange Shirt t-shirts. Horne’s design features a bear to help us follow the right path, an eagle to help us have a vision of a bright future, a hummingbird to keep our mind, body and spirit healthy, and a flower to feed the connection of all these elements.

Our Orange Shirts are available to purchase for $20 all year-round.

Purchase a Shirt

About Residential Schools

The Indian Residential School System (IRSS) operated 139 residential schools across Canada from 1831 to 1996. Residential schools existed in every province and territory. The earliest known school to open was the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario, which operated from 1831 to 1962.

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The Legacy

Remarkably, in the face of tremendous adversity and the horrific legacy that survivors had to live through, many of them managed to retain their language and cultural practices, and they continue to work towards healing and reclaiming their identity.

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Moving Forward

Today Indigenous Communities are taking the first step towards reclaiming their lost identities through participation in culture and language revitalization.

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About Residential Schools

The Indian Residential School System (IRSS) operated 139 residential schools across Canada from 1831 to 1996. Residential schools existed in every province and territory.

Read More

The Legacy

Remarkably, in the face of tremendous adversity and the horrific legacy that survivors had to live through, many of them managed to retain their language and cultural practices, and they continue to work towards healing and reconciliation.

Read More

Moving Forward

Today Indigenous Communities are taking the first step towards reclaiming their lost identities through participation in culture and language revitalization.

Read More

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Help support Victoria Orange Shirt Day. Proceeds of the sales of our products go towards helping us to continue to create awareness of the effects of Residential Schools.

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