CAN RELIGHT THE
FIRE OF HOPE
CAN RELIGHT THE
FIRE OF HOPE
We are incredibly thankful for all of the community support towards Orange Shirts. Because of your commitment to Atlohsa and towards supporting Indigenous communities, we have SOLD OUT of Orange Shirt Adult Sizes. We have a few shirts left from the 2021 campaign, youth sizes, and hoodies - which you can purchase directly at Atlohsa Gifts in-store at 240 Richmond St., London ON.
Miigwech, Yaw^ko, Anushiik, Thank You once again for your support.
Together we are relighting the fire of hope for all generations, past, present and future.
It is our mission to inspire all people to support the end of racism by taking personal action to help create a culturally safe community where all Indigenous peoples can thrive. But we can't do it alone. Through this campaign, we are inviting people from all nations to join us as we come together in inspired ways to change the future for Indigenous peoples.
Show your support by wearing orange, getting involved, and speaking truth.
Relighting the Fire of Hope is an initiative that has involved the collaboration and support of many community partners and friends.
We are honoured to have these outstanding people and organizations join us in collaboration to inspire awareness and change for a stronger and healthier future. All proceeds support individuals and families impacted by the legacy of residential schools.
Shenoa Simon, age 20, is Oneida, Wolf Clan, and Chippewa on her father’s side. Inspired by her artistic mom and lovingly encouraged by her dad, Shenoa has always been passionately (and privately) drawing, since she was a small child. A graduate of Saunders Secondary School, Shenoa is considering careers as a tattoo artist, veterinary technician, or electrician, thinking she may do one or all of them in her lifetime. Shenoa's hope for the future is that together we will continue doing justice respectfully and appropriately for survivors of residential schools as we move from mourning and sadness to remembrance and celebration of Indigenous strength and perseverance.
For over 36 years, Atlohsa has been strengthening community through a variety of programs and services.
Last year, Atlohsa supported over 2,100 participants from nations across Turtle Island, many with complex needs including mental wellness, substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and trauma.
Global events such as the pandemic and the recent unearthing of residential school children, has amplified everyday challenges that affect Indigenous peoples such as generational trauma, systemic racism, socioeconomic challenges, physical and mental health; all a direct and legacy of residential schools and colonization.
When we heal, we do so for the next seven generations.
All proceeds from orange shirts, donations, and merchandise ensures that Indigenous peoples have access to the supports they need to live a balanced life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
PLUS, a portion of our sales will support the Orange Shirt Society founded by Phyllis Webstad.
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.
These days we are wearing orange shirts everyday – please help us in relighting the fire of hope.