Today is Orange Shirt Day in Canada
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day in Canada - but what does that really mean?
Orange Shirt Day is an event that started in 2013. It was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and still does today. Thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools.
A lot of Canadians don't know the history and impact of the Residential Schools, and wearing an orange shirt and promoting the slogan, Every Child Matters, is an affirmation of our commitment to raise awareness of the residential school experience and to ensure that every child matters as we focus on our hope for a better future in which children are empowered to help each other.