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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is a time to reflect on the history and ongoing impacts of both the Canadian residential school system and Indian Boarding School system in the United States.

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Orange Shirt Day History

Back to School with Cultural Connections

Join Title VI (Indian Education) and Blue Star (Military) families as we come together to honor Orange Shirt Day and recognize the importance of Back to School with Cultural Connections. As Phyllis Webstad reminds us, Every Child Matters.

Friday, September 29th, 2023
Mountain View Village Shopping Center
4500 W. 134 S. Riverton, UT 84096
4pm – 8pm

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Phyllis Webstad explains the inspiration that led her to found Orange Shirt Day. Note: this video contains content that may not be suitable for all viewers.



Cultural Survival

Orange Shirt Day, also called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation or National Day of Remembrance, is observed yearly on September 30 in Canada and the United States.
American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many

American Indians and the American government have lived with a harsh legacy for 130 years. The government took tens of thousands of Indian children far away from their reservations to schools where they were required to dress, pray, work and speak as mainstream Americans. NPR’s Charla Bear has the first of two reports.
Activities for Engaging Your Community on Orange Shirt Day

Activities you can do with middle or secondary students to engage them in honor the children who survived residential schools in Canada and the United States, to remember those who did not, and to share in a spirit of reconciliation and hope. 
3 things you might not know about Orange Shirt Day
Wearing an orange shirt on September 30 reminds us of the impact of residential schools still felt today. The day that raises awareness about residential schools was inspired by a heart-wrenching story.
Orange Shirt Society

Established in 2013, The Orange Shirt Society (Society) is a non-profit organization based in Williams Lake, BC to creating awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools.
Truth and Healing Curriculum

The Truth and Healing Curriculum is comprised of four (4) robust lessons on Indian boarding schools covering History, Impacts, Stories, and Healing, and is appropriately sectioned into three (3) learning levels: primary, middle, and upper grades.

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