Orange Shirt Day

We encourage all Calgary Catholic students and staff to stand together in the spirit of reconciliation and wear an orange shirt on September 30 for Orange Shirt Day.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion that took place in May 2013 in Williams Lake, B.C. The project and its events provided opportunities to reflect on the residential school experience, witness and honour survivors’ and their families’ healing journeys, and commit to an ongoing effort to work together toward truth and reconciliation. The legacy grew when reunion spokesperson and former student Phyllis Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt was taken away and replaced with a uniform.

Orange Shirt Day has become an annual opportunity to have meaningful discussion about residential schools and set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is also an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Our district, in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and City of Calgary, is proud to share this year's Orange Shirt Day presentation with you.