Orange Shirt Day

About Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891 – 1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada in May 2013. Leading up to the events, spokesperson for the Reunion group and former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.

Orange Shirt Day opens the door for meaningful conversation around the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.

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Content Credit: Orange Shirt Society. (2013). The Story of Orange Shirt Day. Retrieved from 

Orange Shirt Day at Brandon University

Campus Activities – Sept 30, 2020

Student Support: Meet with Knowledge Keeper Barb Blind
Virtually through the BU Indigenous Peoples’ Centre
Between 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Digital Canvas for Photos & Reflections

Every Child Matters – BU Zoom Background
Created by BU Communications

Wear your Orange Shirt
BU Orange Shirts available at Bookstore

Educator & Community Resources

Raising Awareness about the Residential School System

The BU John E. Robbins Library offers a collection of books and resources that raise awareness about the residential school system.

Residential School Books and Authors View more

Curated by BU John E. Robbins Library:

From The Manitoba Teachers Society
as shared by BU’s Faculty of Education – Field Experience:

From the National Film Board