Orange shirt day is an annual show of respect to both survivors of Residential Schools in BC and Canada, as well as for those who did not survive and endured horrific treatment. Why orange shirts? Phyllis Webstad, still alive today, is a Residential School survivor. As a child going to a Residential School in BC, she recalls going to school wearing a brand new orange shirt from her granny, and having her shirt taken from her by school officials, with no explanation. For Phyllis, orange came to represent feelings of sadness and that her feelings, as well as the feelings of other residential school children, didn’t matter. We hope everyone will wear orange to school this Friday Sept. 28 to show that Every Child Matters.
Phyllis Webstad, 1973-74