Last Thursday (May 27), it was announced that preliminary findings from a survey of the grounds at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School have uncovered the remains of 215 children buried at the site, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
Over the passed few days and over the weekend, some of us have been in shock and in mourning over this discovery. It's been a heavy week for Indigenous families. It's brought back some painful memories, grief and sadness...
After numerous requests, we have decided to do our part and launch pre-orders of a newly designed Orange Shirt, designed in house by our E-commerce Administrator, Rikki Moose. Proceeds will be donated to the Orange Shirt Society.
To learn more of the 215 children who have been discovered, please check out the following resources:
In 2013, Orange Shirt Day was created. It was created to educate people and promote awareness in Canada about the residential school systems, and the deep rooted impacts it had and still has on Indigenous communities!
The inspiration for Orange Shirt Day came from residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad, who shared her story at a St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion event held in Williams Lake, British Columbia, in the spring of 2013.
Phyllis recounted her first day of residential schooling at six years old, when her new orange shirt—bought by her grandmother—was taken away from her.
Today, Orange Shirt Day exists as a legacy of the SJM Project, and the 30th of September, the annual date of the event, signifies the time of year when Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to residential schools.