Annette Davidson/Staff Reporter

On September 30 we take the day to remember and honour the survivors and children who lost their lives due to residential schools. On this day we wear orange as a tribute to Phyllis Webstad; A 6-year-old girl who was sent to the residential school and got her new orange shirt stripped away from her. In Phyllis’s story she said, “The colour 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.”

History of Orange Shirt Day | Woodland Cultural Centre
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“I think we should show support by re-publishing a meaningful social media post to show awareness and respect.” said Nicole Davidson, a middle school student. To get perspective from a younger generation. Showing awareness online plays a big role in society now a days. Using platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter are easy ways to educate younger audiences about this holiday and why it is important.

After reading the story of Phyllis Webstad, the question asked was if this holiday should be country wide? “Yes, because everyone should get the chance to experience it.” said Riley Grant, a grade 10 student. There are a total of 139 residential schools scattered across Canada and only 4 out of many have been searched. There are roughly around 15 residential schools in Ontario and they don’t have a day off.

Orange Shirt Day/Phyllis’ story

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