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Every Child Matters Orange Shirt 2022

Regular price $12.00

All proceeds from the sale of Orange Shirts goes to The N’Amerind Friendship Centre, a non-profit organization in London committed to the promotion of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being of native people and in particular, urban native people.

The commitment is realized through the implementation of culturally relevant programs aimed at social recreational and educational needs; at developing leadership, at increasing awareness levels of native heritage, establishing resources for community development and in promoting the development of urban aboriginal self-governing institutions. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30th)

On this day and every day, we will continue to honour those who survived the residential schools and to remember those who did not. We acknowledge that Every Child Matters.

Why Orange Shirts?

In 1973, six year-old Phyllis (Jack) Webstad bought a shiny new orange shirt to wear to her new school, with the little money her and her Grandmother had. On her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia, school officials took away her clothes, including her new orange shirt, as a measure to strip her Cultural and personal identity and sense of self worth. Her orange shirt was never returned.

Since 2013, September 30th has been observed as Orange Shirt Day in support of Phyllis’ story and her work to raise awareness.