Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day at residential school. We wear orange to honour the children who survived the Indian Residential Schools and remember those that didn’t.

This year, First Light is calling on everyone to wear orange on September 30th to show solidarity with those who survived residential schools across Canada and to remember those who never made it home. We also encourage you to wear your orange shirt any day of the year to show your support for decolonizing spaces, educating others, and recognizing Indigenous rights. We are currently not accepting new orders for orange shirts, but will be soon.

Orange Shirt Day Logo Contest

Our 2022 Orange Shirt Day Logo Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for our announcement of the winner! 

Have more questions about what Orange Shirt Day is? Check out our handout in both English (What is Orange Shirt Day) & French (Qu’est-ce qu’est la journeé du chandail orange?).

Wondering what you can do this year to recognize Orange Shirt Day? Check out this guide with several simple steps you can take: 

We also have two lists of books specifically on residential schools, that are a great place to start to educate yourself & others – one is targeted towards young readers, and the other for adults.

If you’re looking to share information on your own social media, we have created a few social media templates that you can use. They include options for Facebook, Twitter & Instagram (as well as Stories), and are a great way to share why you’re wearing orange, or what you’re learning. If you’re sharing, be sure to use #OrangeShirtDayNL so we can see it! 

Social Media Templates

If you would like to make a donation, you may do so online – any donations we receive will go towards the development of a residential school memorial garden at 40 Quidi Vidi Road. 

First Light is a Registered Charitable Organization (registration # 119257772 RR001). 

Listen to Phyllis Webstad share her story of Orange Shirt Day.
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