NHWU recognizes the importance of Orange Shirt Day

In just eight years, Orange Shirt Day has become a truly recognizable campaign drawing attention to the damage residential schools caused across our country and specifically to a little six year old girl named Phyllis.
Orange shirt day is a movement which officially began in 2013 but in reality it began forty years earlier in 1973. Young Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams
Lake, BC., wearing a new orange shirt for her first day of school –but it was quickly replaced with a school uniform.
From the Orange Day web site, Phyllis is quoted as saying that first day at the mission left her with a “feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, and affected the way I lived my life for many years.”
The date, September 30, was chosen because it was the time of the year the buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their residential school(s).
Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is helping to commemorate this important day.
By September 30, 2020, NWHU will have distributed nearly 2,000 orange shirts throughout the northwest to Indigenous health care partners as its way of honoring the children who survived the Residential schools and remember those who did not.
Orange Shirt Day It is an opportunity for Indigenous people, community partners, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. On September 30th, wear orange.