Orange Shirt Program
Safe and Caring Schools & Communities is proud to lead the Orange Shirt Program in Alberta throughout the year, promoting awareness and education of the history and legacy of Residential Schools. It is important to understand the experiences of Residential School Survivors, Intergenerational Survivors and those that did not survive.
Jasper Place High School Grade 11 student, Farrah Ochiese’s design has been selected as the logo for the 2019 Orange Shirt Program! It will be featured on the front of the official Alberta Orange Shirt, worn to honour Residential School Survivors and to promote ongoing Reconciliation.
Ochiese entered the contest after learning about it from one of her teachers. Ochiese, whose family originates from Driftpile First Nation in Treaty 8 territory, describes her artwork as “a mother trying to keep her children safe, under her wing, within her.” “It’s scary losing a child in a mother’s vision, something you grew to love and raise.” Ochiese wants all Albertans to know that “all children are precious - they’re our next generation.”
The 2019 Orange Shirt Program Logo Design Contest Winner is featured on this year's shirt! Order Now!
This year's winner has been announced! Every year Safe and Caring invites Alberta students to engage in recognizing and celebrating the Orange Shirt Program by participating in the annual Orange Shirt Program Logo Contest. The winning submission becomes the official logo of the Safe and Caring Orange Shirt Program, and is featured prominently on t-shirts, educational materials, and online. The winner will also be invited to the Safe and Caring’s Orange Shirt Program event, and presented with a framed copy of their artwork.
Voting for the 2019 Orange Shirt Contest is now closed!
Safe and Caring Events
Grab your Orange Shirt and join Safe and Caring Schools at an Orange Shirt Program event to show your support and demonstrate commitment to the work of reconciliation and that Every Child Matters. Our events will be emceed by Alberta students. Speakers will include Residential School Survivors and government officials. Enjoy performances from traditional dancers and musicians.
- Friday September 27th, 2019
- Edmonton City Hall
- 12pm - 1pm
- RSVP to our event on Facebook!
- Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
- Calgary Central Public Library
- 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
- Honouray Guest Speaker - Phyllis Webstad
- RSVP to our event on Facebook!
For more information,
contact our Orange Shirt Program Manager
Orange Shirt Day honors the legacy of Residential Schools, Survivors, Intergenerational Survivors and those that did not survive as an act of Reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day honors the legacy of the 2013 St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration event, held in Williams Lake, B.C. It grew out of a former student’s account of having her brand-new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school.
Wearing an Orange Shirt is meant to recognize the harm done to Residential School students, and show a commitment to the principle that every child matters.
The official Orange Shirt Day date is September 30th. A date in September was chosen because it is the time of year when children were taken from their homes to Residential Schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for policies and resources that support diversity for the coming school year.
Orange Shirt Day is 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.