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Overview

On September 30, people in Canada recognize Orange Shirt Day by wearing orange to acknowledge the legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors and their families.

The Canadian federal government also recognizes September 30 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, Albertans are encouraged to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and participate in a community event.

How Orange Shirt Day began

Orange Shirt Day began in British Columbia in 2013 when a residential school survivor, Phyllis Webstad, shared her story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school. Since then, Orange Shirt Day has become an opportunity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit, governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.

For more information on Indian residential schools and the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation work on Indian residential schools, read the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada .

Events

Events for 2022 will be posted here when they are available.

Suggested activities

Wear an orange shirt on September 30. Other suggested activities include:

  • organize an online or in-person event following public health guidelines
  • read about the legacy of residential schools
  • read the summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • find and watch films online about people’s experiences at residential schools
  • learn about Indigenous cultures

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