Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day recognizes the harm done to generations of children by residential schools and is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that every child matters.

Why It Matters

Why is this issue important to all Canadians? Why should it matter to those who didn’t attend residential school?

IT MATTERS because it continues to affect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families – people from vibrant cultures who

are vital contributors to Canadian society.

IT MATTERS because it happened here, in a country we call our own – a land considered to be a world leader in

democracy and human rights.

IT MATTERS because the Residential School System is one of the major causes of poverty, homelessness, substance

abuse, and violence among Aboriginal peoples – devastating conditions that are felt and experienced by our

neighbours, friends, and community members.

IT MATTERS because Aboriginal communities suffer levels of poverty, illness, and illiteracy comparable to those in

developing nations – conditions that are being perpetuated through inaction.

IT MATTERS because we share this land. We may not be responsible for what happened in the past, but we all benefit

from what First Nations, Inuit, and Métis have had to relinquish. We are responsible for our actions today.