Orange Shirt Day

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a day to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. The Huntsville Public Library and The Town of Huntsville are committed to keeping the reconciliation process alive.

Join us on Thursday, September 30th from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM for The Orange Shirt Day March & Gathering. 

  • 1:00 PM - March commences at High Street municipal parking lot behind Algonquin Theatre ending at River Mill Park.
  • 1:30 PM - Opening Ceremony followed by special guest speakers.

March Route (tentative): High Street to Minerva Street East to Centre Street to Caroline Street East to Dara Howell Way, ending at River Mill Park.

Why It Matters

Why is this issue important to all Canadians?

Why should it matter to those who didn’t attend residential school?

  • IT MATTERS because it continues to affect First Nations, Inuit and Métis families–people from vibrant cultures who are vital contributors to Canadian society.
  • IT MATTERS because it happened here, in a country we call our own–a land considered to be a free and democratic land where every person has human rights.
  • IT MATTERS because Indigenous communities suffer levels of poverty, illness, and illiteracy comparable to those in developing nations–conditions that are being perpetuated through inaction.
  • IT MATTERS because we share this land. We may not be responsible for what happened in the past, but we all benefit from what First Nations, Inuit, and Metis have had to relinquish.
  • IT MATTERS because we are responsible for our actions today.


The Story Behind Orange Shirt Day

“I went to the Mission for one year. I had just turned 6 years old. We never had very much money, and there was no welfare, but somehow my granny managed to buy me a new outfit to go to the Mission School in. I remember going to Robinson’s store and picking out a shiny orange shirt. It had eyelets and lace, and I felt so pretty in that shirt and excited to be going to school! Of course, when I got to the Mission, they stripped me, and took away my clothes, including the orange shirt. I never saw it again, except on other kids. I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t give it back to me, it was mine! Since then the colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. I finally get it, that the feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first day at the mission, affected the way I lived my life for many years...I want my orange shirt back!”

Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, Dog Creek, BC


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