September 30th is Orange Shirt Day to honour the resilience and bravery of residential school survivors, their families, and the children that did not make it home.
For over a century approximately 150,000 Indigenous children, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis were taken from their families and placed in institutions called Indian residential schools.
In 1973, 6 year old Phyllis entered St. Joseph Mission residential school, proudly wearing a brand new orange shirt given by her grandmother. But the school took away her orange shirt and replaced it with an institutional uniform, leaving Phyllis feeling worthless and insignificant. The impact of this event haunted her throughout her life.
You can learn more about Phyllis's story and Orange Shirt Day at their website.
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