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.