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Every child matters: Orange Shirt Day

Every child matters: Orange Shirt Day

About Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is an annual "opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on."  (Source: The Story of Orange Shirt Day)

Read a book to honour Residential School survivors

Contactless book pick up is available at the W.A.C Bennett Library. 

Personal narratives 



Poetry and drama

Children’s books

Watch a movie

We were children
"In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years."

Indian Horse
"In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite winter pastime -- hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill."

Our people will be healed
"The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride. In addition to teaching academic subjects, the school reconnects students with their ancestral culture."

When is Orange Shirt Day?

"2020 Orange Shirt Day falls on a Wednesday [September 30th].  Feel free to organize your event for a day that works for you." --

Campus events

Due to COVID 19 and restrictions to gatherings, there are no on campus events this year.

The UBC First Nations House of Learning and UBC Learning Circle are hosting Phyllis Webstad on September 22, 2020 for a virtual event. Everyone is welcome, and registration is required. 



September 30th (or a day that works for you)