Orange Shirt Day

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Agora and The Gathering Place
Prince George

 Phyllis (Jack) Webstad was six years old on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission in Williams Lake, BC. Phyllis’s grandmother had saved up to buy her a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school. Upon arrival at the school, Phyllis’s new shirt was stripped from her and never returned.

Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis’s story, beginning in 2013 at the residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake that year. It is now a nation-wide event held every year on September 30th.

“The color orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”
-  Phyllis Webstad

On Monday September 30th, wear an orange shirt 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. 

Purchase your UNBC-designed Orange Shirt and Phyllis's book in-store or online from the UNBC Bookstore

Activities throughout the day include:

Group photo of those on campus wearing their Orange Shirts - 11:45am in the Winter Garden

First Nations Centre and Prince George Public Library staff and volunteers tabling with information and activities - 10am to 2pm in the Agora.

Films by contemporary Indigenous filmmakers rotating in The Gathering Place (5-123)
10:00am and 1:00pm - Feature Film
Our People Will Be Healed [2017] by Alanis Obomsawin (97mins)
12:00pm and 3:00pm - Short Films
Clouds of Autumn [2015] by Trevor Mack & Matthew Taylor Blais (15mins)
Etlinisigu'niet (Bleed Down) [2015] by Jeff Barnaby (5mins)
Sisters & Brothers [2015] by Kent Monkman (3mins)
Holy Angels [2017] by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (13mins)

Contact Information

Spencer Hammond
Aboriginal Connections Coordinator
First Nations Centre
(250) 960-5326

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