Marking Orange Shirt Day

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Canadians across the country are encouraged to wear orange today to mark 'Orange Shirt Day.'

The day is meant to honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools, and encourage Canadians to become informed about the harm those schools caused.

According to the official website, events are meant to 'honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.'

The orange shirt was chosen based on the story of Phyllis Webstad who wore a new orange shirt to her first day of school, only to have it taken away and never returned.

She says the colour orange now reminds her of her experiences at the residential school and how her feelings didn't matter.