Join us in the diocesan-wide support of the annual Orange Shirt Day and help raise awareness of the need for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.
On September 30, wear an orange shirt to honour residential school survivors and the children who did not survive Canada’s painful residential school system.
You can wear ANY orange shirt but if you don't have one, you can order a special T shirt. In 2016, local artist Bear Horne gifted the design for the Orange Shirt Day t-shirt. The design features a bear to help us follow the right path, an eagle to help us have a vision of a bright future, a hummingbird to keep our body, mind and spirit healthy, and a flower to feed the connection of all these elements.
T Shirts cost $20 (all sizes). There are sign-up sheets in the Multi-Purpose Room and the Narthex or you can make an order by sending your details to David at [email protected] Sizes are S, M or L for youth and S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL for adults. Please make cheques payable to St Philip by-the-Sea Anglican Church, and in the memo field state that it is for the Orange Shirts.
Important - please note that the deadline for ordering a t-shirt will be Sunday 5th August.
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 Webstad's story of how her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was 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 to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
For more information visit orangeshirtday.org