All proceeds from the sale of Orange Shirts will go directly to Atlohsa Family Healing Services’ Mino Bimaadiziwin program supporting children, youth and their caregivers who have experienced violence and unhealthy relationships in the home or community, a direct impact and lasting effect of residential schools.
Artist and Illustrator Hawlii Pichette, A.K.A. Urban Iskwew is a Mushkego Cree (Treaty 9) urban mixed-blood iskwew artist and illustrator who currently resides in London ON. Her work is deeply influenced by her culture, and reflects the powerful interconnections of the natural world. Her practice includes painting, murals, digital artwork, and both traditional and contemporary forms of beadwork.
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.