Orange Shirt Day commemorates the children who never returned from Residential School, as well as the survivors. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. It is a time to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the generations of children to come.
This year, cities and organizations across Alberta are organizing Orange Shirt Day events for the first time. Augustana is one of them. On September 29, wear your orange shirt to affirm that every child matters and to show your commitment to reconciliation, as well as anti-racism and anti-bullying more broadly.
Orange shirts will be available for purchase at the Alumni Office for $15. Email email@example.com to reserve your size (youth sizes available). Shirts will also be available in the Augustana Forum the week of September 25 to 28. See the attached poster for what the shirt will look like.
Take a picture wearing your orange shirt on September 29 and share it using the hashtag #UofATRC2017
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