TOGETHER WE
CAN RELIGHT THE
FIRE OF HOPE

Show your support by wearing orange.

All proceeds from Orange Shirt sales support Atlohsa Family Healing Services, which assists community members impacted by the legacy of residential schools and colonization. Your support is greatly appreciated.

What are the origins of Orange Shirt Day?

In 1973, six-year-old Phyllis (Jack) Webstad bought a shiny new orange shirt to wear to her new school, with the little money her and her Grandmother had. On her first day of school at St. Joseph's Mission residential school in British Columbia, school officials took away her clothes, including her new orange shirt, as a measure to strip her personal identity and sense of self-worth. Her orange shirt was never returned.

September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day in support of Phyllis’ story and her work to raise awareness. On this day and every day, we honour those who survived the residential schools and to remember those who did not. We acknowledge that Every Child Matters. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussions, to build awareness of the legacy and lasting impacts of residential schools and to inspire action, hope and healing.