Orange Shirt Day - fundraiser for Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle


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Sept 30 is Orange Shirt Day. 

Preface: Stacey and Julie (our two person, women-led team at Say it with Stacey) do not identify as Indigenous; and we felt strongly that Orange Shirt day should be led by someone who does
However, we are humbled to answer the request of the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle (DCCRC); who have asked us to partner by selling Orange Shirt Day shirts on their behalf, with net proceeds supporting their work. 

We take this request to heart, recognizing the sadness and hurt associated with it, and strive to contribute to truth and reconciliation.
About the shirts:
  • Youth (XS-XL) & Adult (S-2xl) available 
  • XS youth is limited from vendors, so we may have to use a different brand which may be different than other orange colours if ordering more than one shirt in your order
  • Cotton blend, preshrunk but please allow 3% shrinkage to be safe
  • Refer to size chart for order instructions. This is a fundraiser which means if you've ordered the wrong size, no refunds or exchanges available 
What exactly is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day is a Canadian observance that takes place annually on September 30th.

It is a day to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacy of the residential school system in Canada and to honor the experiences of Indigenous children who attended these schools.

The name "Orange Shirt Day" is derived from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a survivor of the Canadian residential school system. When Phyllis was a young girl, her new orange shirt, which she had been excited to wear on her first day of school, was taken away from her by school officials. This event had a lasting impact on her, symbolizing the loss of her identity, culture, and language during her time at the residential school.

Orange Shirt Day serves as a reminder of the harm caused by the residential school system, which was a system of government-sponsored and church-run schools that Indigenous children in Canada were forcibly sent to between the 19th and mid-20th centuries. Many children experienced physical, emotional, and cultural abuse at these schools, and the system had a profound and damaging impact on Indigenous communities.

Today, Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Canadians to come together in the spirit of reconciliation, to acknowledge the harm caused by the residential school system, and to show support for Indigenous communities in their healing journey. It's also a day to promote awareness and understanding of the historical and ongoing struggles faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. Many people wear orange shirts on this day to symbolize their commitment to these important goals.

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