Orange Shirt Day

Fri, Sep 29, 2017 (All day)
Shirt may be purchased for $10, please email asalijevic@upei.ca to place your order.

Orange Shirt Day occurs annually at the end of each September, the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away from their homes and put into residential schools. Phyllis Wedstad was one such child. As a young child on her first day at residential school, Phyllis’ favourite orange shirt was promptly taken from her upon her arrival at the school. Her language and pride in her culture was also taken from her. Orange Shirt Day has been created in honour of Phyllis, and the many other children who attended residential schools. More information on this day can be found online at www.orangeshirtday.org.

This year on September 29, 2017, the Faculty of Education is encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to wear orange as an annual opportunity to discuss aspects of residential schools, and to continue discussions year-round. In the coming weeks, you will see posters and other promotional materials around campus to help promote this day. 

Our faculty, as allies, have worked alongside our Indigenous friends both on and off-campus in support of this day and in the design of orange t-shirts specifically for Orange Shirt Day (see attached photo). We would like to give everyone the opportunity to order shirts and join this important movement. 

The cost of each t-shirt is $10.00 and can be ordered in sizes XXS to XXL. If your faculty, or you as an individual, is interested in ordering t-shirts, please let us know and we would be happy to coordinate your order. The deadline to order will be September 6, 2017, to ensure they arrive on time. 

Please email Anja Salijevic at asalijevic@upei.ca to place your order and state the quantity and t-shirt size in your email.

Thank you for your support in bringing awareness to Orange Shirt Day we hope that many of you will participate in wearing orange!

Anja Salijevic, Project Coordinator, Indigenous Initiatives
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