Orange Shirt Day


Orange Shirt Day’s official date is on September 30th, but as it falls on a Sunday this year. Brandon University will be honoring Orange Shirt Day on Friday September 28th. Please join us in the Library Gathering Space at 11:00am. In the days before the event, we will be having a booth in the Mingling Area on Wednesday September 19 from 11:00am to 1:00pm providing information about what Orange Shirt Day is and you will have the opportunity to write a statement on “What reconciliation means to me…”, “Every Child Matters Because…” or “Orange Shirt Day means…”. They will also be available in the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre. We will be posting the statements along the walls in Student Services Hallway.

Information about Orange Shirt Day and what it represents:

September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.


Where are the children:

We were so far away:

Orange Shirt Day: