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 we have included a graphic below if you would like to have your own made.
Wondering what you can do this year to recognize Orange Shirt Day? Check out this guide with several simple steps you can take:
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!
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).
Our t-shirt for Orange Shirt Day 2020 was designed by 12-year-old Dakoda Dicker. Pre-orders for orange shirts are currently closed, but if you would like to use the design to make your own shirt, feel free to use the files below! We do ask that you not use the design for commercial gain.