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Orange Shirt Day

September 30th

Every Child Matters

On this day, we take the time to honor and remember all of Canada's Indigenous children who were taken out of their communities to be sent away to residential schools. It is a time to reflect on the history of residential schools, and to better educate ourselves on what happened in them.

The name "Orange Shirt Day" came from one child's first experience in a residential school. The grandmother of Phyllis Webstad had gifted her an orange shirt for her first day at St. Joseph's Mission residential school. Upon Phyllis' arrival to the school, they stripped her of her clothing, including her orange shirt, which was never returned.

Orange Shirt day is about recognizing the harm and injustices endured by Indigenous children due to the residential school system. 

It is a reminder that every child matters.

Films & Videos

movie poster for Holy Angels

Holy Angels

Streaming video

movie poster for Indian Horse

Indian Horse

Streaming video

movie poster for We Were Children

We Were Children

Streaming video

movie poster for The Amendment

The Amendment

Streaming video

Books

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Sugar Falls

Sugar Falls is based on the true story of Betty Ross, Elder from Cross Lake First Nation. 

Available in print or as ebook.

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Speaking Our Truth

This nonfiction book examines how we can foster reconciliation with Indigenous people at individual, family, community and national levels.

Available in print or through Hoopla. Teacher's Guide also available in eBook.

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Fatty Legs

The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact.

Available as an eBook.

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My name is Seepeetza

At six years old, Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life on Joyaska Ranch to live as a boarder at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

Available on Hoopla.

book cover for Ends/Begins

Ends/Begins

Available in print and as an eBook.

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Residential schools and reconciliation : Canada confronts its history

Residential Schools and Reconciliation is a unique, timely, and provocative work that tackles and explains the institutional responses to Canada's residential school legacy.

Available in print.

book cover image for The Sleeping Giant Awakens : Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation

The Sleeping Giant Awakens : Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation

The Sleeping Giant Awakens considers how residential school Survivors and other Indigenous peoples, settlers, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada approached the question of genocide in the Indian Residential School system. It assesses prospects for conciliation in the aftermath of genocide.

Available as an eBook.

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In My Own Moccasins

In My Own Moccasins an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption.

Available in print and as an eBook.

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