Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day in Canada in 2021
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About Orange Shirt Day

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Dates of Orange Shirt Day
2022 Canada Friday, September 30thOrange Shirt Day
2021 Canada Thursday, September 30thOrange Shirt Day
2020 Canada Wednesday, September 30thOrange Shirt Day
2019 Canada Monday, September 30thOrange Shirt Day
A day that focuses on the rights of Indigenous Peoples through an event that took place in 1973.

The unofficial day has been observed since 2013 and is called Orange Shirt Day in memory of a piece of a clothing then-six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had taken from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.

The former Mission, B.C. residential school student had gone to school wearing a brand new bright orange T-shirt from her grandmother. When Webstad got to school, educators forced her to remove the clothing in favour of mandatory uniforms.

In 2017, Georgina Jolibois, an NDP MP from Saskatchewan, sought to make Orange Shirt Day an official holiday focused on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and introduced a private member’s bill.

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