Ontario Commemorates Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30

September 30th is  Orange Shirt Day, a day to honour and remember residential school survivors and their families as well as children who did not survive the residential school system.

Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a residential school survivor, who at the age of six was gifted an orange shirt by her grandmother, which was taken away from her in the residential school system and never seen again.

The recent discovery of the remains of Indigenous children at five former residential schools has made this year’s Orange Shirt Day even more meaningful and significant.