Wednesday, September 30th
Orange Shirt Day takes place annually on September 30th. It is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it acknowledges the history and legacy of the residential school system in Canada by honouring survivors and remembering those who did not.
It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter and that we are committed to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
Students and staff are encouraged to wear an orange shirt or other item on Thursday, September 30th.
In June, the government passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to give everyone an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. See the TDSB statement regarding this holiday.
If you’re looking to purchase a shirt for the event, our Anti-Racism and Equity Committee has provided a list of Indigenous vendors from south-western Ontario. Note that there are cutoff dates to receive shirts by the 30th:
- Nish Tees: https://www.nishtees.ca/
- Rezonance Printing: https://rezonanceprinting.ca//
- Tribal Trade Company: https://tribaltradeco.com/
- Indigen Artsy: https://indigenartsy.com/product-category/awareness-and-fundraising/
- Atlohsa Gifts: https://www.atlohsagifts.com/
Another resource for information is the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.