Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th we wear orange in honour on Residential school survivors.
We remember those who did not make it home and those who survived.

Please take this opportunity to pause, learn more and inspire others to do the same. We have attached a number of resources not only for you but for your children so you can educate during this important day.

Our story

The women behind Lashin Out have first hand seen the damaging effect residential schools have had on our family. Here is a personal note from Jaz.

All of our Aunts & Uncles attended these schools and still can’t talk about their experiences because they are so traumatic. The abuse that happened is real. 

Our Dad however did not go, he was the youngest of 14. My Grandpa & Grandma saw the damage it was doing to their children so they moved the family to Tompson Manitoba to get away from the Residential schools. The education wasn’t very good on the reserves that’s why they were encouraged to go to these schools. My Dad has learning disabilities and they weren’t able to help him deal with it at the reserve schools so he dropped out of school to work as a shoe shine boy. He’s only received Grade 4 education and is illiterate to this day. He has since lived a life of addiction to cope with the trickle effects of residential schools. These are the real stories, the truth & the lives it has effected.

To understand the full effects of what these schools have done to indigenous people. Please watch the movie “Indian Horse” it’s an exact representation of what happened not so many years ago. 

 

Orange Shirt Day

150,000 Métis, Inuit and First Nations children were sent to Residential schools between the 1860s and the 1990s.

Residential schools removed these children from their families, forced them to speak English or French. They were designed to strip them of their culture & traditions in order to assimilate into Canadian society.

In 2008, the government has apologized & acknowledged that this was wrong, cruel and ineffective.

September 30th falls during the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away to residential school.

 

LEARN

Indian Horse

The Original Orange Shirt - Phyllis' Story

Teach Your Children about Orange Shirt Day

CBC What is Orange Shirt Day

 

COME TOGETHER

Orange Shirt Day Events in your Province

 

DONATE

Orange Shirt Day Organization

Native Women's Association of Canada

Indspire - Education for Indigenous People

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Canadian Roots Foundation

Reconciliation Canada