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Join in the diocesan-wide support of Orange Shirt Day.

Help raise awareness of the need for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope.

September 30 is a federal holiday, recognizing the dark history of Canada's residential school system; a system the Anglican Church of Canada, and our diocese, willfully participated in

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. 

It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

  • SEPTEMBER 30th was the date chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. 
  • It also marks the opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. 
  • It gives us time to plan events that will ensure we are passing on the story and the learning.


Purchase commemorative orange t-shirts from local vendors that support the national Orange Shirt Day organization.

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