The Orange Shirt Campaign – Every Child Matters remembers the experiences of former students of Indian Residential Schools and is a commitment to ongoing reconciliation in Canada. Originating in British Columbia, this is the third year the campaign will be running in BC and other parts of Canada, and the first coordinated effort to celebrate the campaign in Alberta.
Safe and Caring kicked off the campaign with our Orange Shirt Campaign Logo Design Competition (check out the winning submission below!) in May 2016, and culminates it on Orange Shirt Day, September 30, 2016. The campaign grew out of Phyllis’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission in Williams Lake, BC. The awareness campaign is an opportunity to continue the discussion on all aspects of residential schools each year.
Ways to celebrate
- Share your experiences and events on Twitter and Facebook: Mention @SafeandCaring, include #EveryChildMatters and #OrangeShirtDay2016.
- Join us at Edmonton City Hall on September 30 at noon to celebrate the principle that Every Child Matters!
- Read one of these books about residential schools in your classroom or at an assembly
- Check out more ideas on our blog
News and events:
September 28, 2016: Recommended reading about residential schools
September 19, 2016: Celebrating Orange Shirt Day – Ideas, events, and social media information!
June 30, 2016: St. Albert student pens winning Orange Shirt Day design