Orange Shirt Day

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 our founder.

My father including all of his siblings, my Aunts & Uncles attended these schools and still can’t talk about their experiences because they are so traumatic. The abuse that happened is real and affected each of them differently. 

My dad was the youngest of 14 children and attended what was called Day school (another name for Residential School) in Fort Alexander Manitoba in the early 1960's. 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 at the schools on the reserves that’s why they were forced and taken away from their families to go to these residential schools. My Dad had learning disabilities and they weren’t able to help him deal with his struggles so unfortunately he ran away from day school  to work as a shoe shine boy. He only received Grade 4 education and was illiterate to the day he passed away May 6 2023. Inter-generational trauma is real.  Life at home was hard with my dad.  Unfortunately he struggled with alcohol addiction his whole life.  He wasn't able to cope with the trickling 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.



Indian Horse

The Original Orange Shirt - Phyllis' Story

Teach Your Children about Orange Shirt Day

CBC What is Orange Shirt Day



Orange Shirt Day Events in your Province



Orange Shirt Day Organization

Native Women's Association of Canada

Indspire - Education for Indigenous People

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Canadian Roots Foundation

Reconciliation Canada