September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in Canada. It is a day for all Canadians to learn about and reflect on the traumas inflicted on Indigenous peoples and communities in residential schools. It is our responsibility as Canadian educators to ensure that the next generation is better informed about the intergenerational trauma, hardships, and systemic racism Indigenous peoples and communities continue to face and the resiliency of Indigenous communities and peoples.
What is the history behind Orange Shirt Day?
Phyllis Webstad went shopping with her grandmother before attending her residential school. Her grandmother purchased her a brand new orange shirt and she could not wait to wear it on her first day of school. When Phyllis got to her school, the sisters took Phyllis' shirt cruelly. The orange shirt has become a symbol of the trauma and pain inflicted on Indigenous children in residential schools.
Resource format options
This resource is a t-shirt you can print out, attach to your Google Classroom, or upload to your Teams Classroom and have your students reflect on this day. There are three formats included in this file :
- printable PDF
- digital & editable PowerPoint file
- link to Google Slides version
List of Indigenous resources
Books to accompany this activity
- Les bas du pensionnat (Christy Jordan-Fenton et Margaret Pokiak-Fenton)
- Quand j'avais huit ans (Christy Jordan-Fenton et Margaret Pokiak-Fenton)
- L'histoire du chandail orange (Phyllis Webstad)
- La pirogue de Shin-chi (Nicola Campbell)
How to get TPT credits towards future purchases :
Please click on the “My Purchases” page. Besides every product, there is a “Provide Feedback” link. Once you click the link, it will take you to a page where you can rate the purchase and leave a short comment. Each time you give feedback on a purchase, TPT gives you feedback credits which you can then use to lower the cost of future purchases.