Say it with Stacey Partners with Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle to Commemorate Orange Shirt Day
Sept 14 2023
Orangeville, ON— Say it with Stacey, a dynamic and compassionate women-led team, is proud to announce its partnership with the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC) to commemorate Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2023. While we acknowledge that we are not Indigenous ourselves, we are deeply honored to heed the call of the DCCRC, who have entrusted us to sell Orange Shirt Day shirts on their behalf, with net proceeds supporting their vital work.
Orange Shirt Day is a poignant occasion that serves as a poignant reminder of the history and enduring legacy of Canada's residential school system. It is a day to pay homage to the resilience of Indigenous children who endured these schools, recognizing their strength and experiences.
The origin of the name "Orange Shirt Day" stems from the touching story of Phyllis Webstad, a survivor of the Canadian residential school system. As a young girl, Phyllis had her cherished orange shirt, a symbol of hope and anticipation on her first day of school, cruelly taken away by school officials. This heartbreaking incident symbolized the erasure of her identity, culture, and language during her time in the residential school.
The residential school system, a government-sponsored and church-run institution, subjected Indigenous children in Canada to physical, emotional, and cultural abuse from the 19th century until the mid-20th century. This system inflicted deep and lasting wounds on Indigenous communities, leaving a legacy of pain and trauma that persists to this day.
Orange Shirt Day holds a vital place in Canada's journey towards reconciliation, offering an opportunity for all Canadians to unite in acknowledging the grievous harm caused by the residential school system. It is a day to stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities as they heal and rebuild. It is also a day for fostering awareness and understanding of the historical and ongoing challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Say it with Stacey is humbled to play a part in this vital commemoration, recognizing the sadness and hurt that still linger in the hearts of Indigenous communities. Through our partnership with the DCCRC, we aspire to contribute to the cause of truth and reconciliation.
On September 30, we encourage Canadians from all walks of life to don orange shirts, symbolizing their commitment to truth, healing, and unity. Together, let us remember the past, support the present, and work towards a more just and inclusive future for all.
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About Say it with Stacey:
Say it with Stacey is a women-led team dedicated to creating meaningful partnerships and initiatives that promote unity, understanding, and social change. Committed to fostering a more inclusive society, Say it with Stacey is honored to join hands with the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle to commemorate Orange Shirt Day and support the healing journey of Indigenous communities.
About Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC): The Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC) is a community organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage and history of Indigenous peoples in Dufferin County. Their work includes educational programs, cultural events, and initiatives that promote reconciliation and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.