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Wendy from Community Engagement September 28, 2020, 12:39 PM

Orange Shirt Day is a chance for us to engage in open conversation about residential schools


Orange Shirt Day is a day to honour those who survived residential schools and their families, and to acknowledge that Every Child Matters.

It’s a chance for all of us to engage in open conversation about residential schools. It creates opportunities for survivors to share their stories, which is crucial to healing, and to learning. By making space for these discussions to happen, Orange Shirt Day encourages meaningful reconciliation within our community and across Canada. 

If you’d like to show your support for Orange Shirt Day, we’ve partnered with the city’s Diversity & Inclusion Network to host a free, online event on Tuesday, Sept 29.

I hope you’ll join us as we embark on this journey of reconciliation together. 

We’ll continue our conversation in October, with an author talk by Michelle Good, author of Five Little Indians. Michelle is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Her book chronicles the desperate quest of residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward. Bev Cardinal will also join us as our moderator.


If you’d like to learn more about Orange Shirt Day and Canada’s residential schools, the resources below are a great place to start. You can also find a lot of information on our reconciliation page.

Orange Shirt Day

  • The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad  This true story inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day.
  • Orange Shirt Day , Orange Shirt Society  This book explores the historical impact on Indigenous people in order to create champions who will walk a path of reconciliation through Orange Shirt Day, promoting the message that Every Child Matters.
  • Orange Shirt Day study guide companion.  Readers of Orange Shirt Day will embark on a sacred journey to deepen their understanding of Orange Shirt Day and residential school reconciliation. 


Non Fiction


Memoir, Autobiography and True Stories









  • Shattering the Silence: The Hidden History of Indian Residential Schools in Saskatchewan eBook from the University of Regina


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Wendy from Community Engagement

Natural habitat: On the land, walking trails and spending time with my family. Interesting habits: Spoiling my grandchild, reading sci-fi and books by Indigenous voices.

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