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This guide contains links to books, ebooks, videos and articles about the residential school system in Canada. 

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  • residential schools Canada
  • Indian residential schools
  • off-reservation boarding schools
  • Indigenous children Canada

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Orange Shirt Day

                            September 30th is Orange Shirt Day

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in Canada. The day is held in honour of Phyillis Webstad who was sent at the age of six to St. Joseph's Residential School in Williams Lake, B.C. For her first day of school, she proudly wore a brand new orange shirt. As soon as she arrived, nuns made her strip off her clothes and put on a uniform. Her shirt was never returned to her. Phyllis' orange shirt symbolizes the cruelty of Canadian residential schools where thousands of indigenous children lost their language, their history and their spiritual heritage. In the spirit of reconciliation, Canadians wear orange shirts to support every indigenous child who was maltreated in the residential school system. 

Phyillis' story