Orange Shirt Day!

ISSU will be hosting a gathering at OISE (252 Bloor Street West, Toronto), in the Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, 11:30AM – 1:30PM, Friday, September 29th,
Refreshments will be provided. Facebook link:

Ways to participate Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 29th:

  • Wear something Orange Shirt to honour Residential school survivors and their families.
  • “Wear” a filter of Every Child Matters Orange Shirt on Snapchat
  • 11am -2pm: If you do not have anything orange to wear, please still come to the gathering  at OISE where the filter is available take pictures with it and share the words on social media to raise awareness.
  •  2pm – 8pm: At Hart House, Athletic Centre & Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, as an extension of the gathering, the filter of Every Child Matters Orange Shirt will be available to use on Snapchat.

What is Orange Shirt Day

“The events were designed 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.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of this project. As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl, and we came to the realization that all survivors had similar stories.
The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind: a discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day is a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on!”

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