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Orange Shirt Day: 2022

Orange Shirt Day Event: 
Every Child Matters
Thursday, September 29
1:30 - 3:00 pm

All students and employees invited to witness and participate in this significant ceremony remembering the residential school experience. Dr. Barney Williams is the event MC. He is a survivor and was an Elder on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. 

Na’tsa’maht: The Gathering Place, Lansdowne campus

1:00 pm Gather at Na'tsa'maht

1:30 pm Presentation by the Quilters for Survivors. Coffee, tea, and snacks to follow. Guest speakers Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray.

About this guide

Indigenous communities and residential school survivors have, for many years, provided testimonies and spoken truths about Canada's Indian residential school system. In 2012 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published the interim report, They Came for the Children: Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools. In 2015, as volume 4 of the final report, Canada's Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials, was published.

Canadians have known about the atrocities of Canada's residential school system for a long time. It is time to listen, learn, and take action. In honour of both the children who did not survive, as well those who did, take some time today for learning as an act of reconciliation.

For additional resources related to residential schools and the Sixties Scoop, visit the IST: Indigenous Studies: Residential Schools and IST Indigenous Studies: Sixties Scoop guides.

Caution: Many of the resources in this guide contain discussions or scenes of violence or representations of trauma which may be painful for readers/viewers – please exercise care.

If you need help: The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides 24-hour phone support for Indigenous people in BC. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Individuals can also call the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050.

The Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their or a loved one's residential school experience.

Camosun students can access help from the Counselling Centre. For resources related to emergency and after hours support, on-campus support, and other information, visit the Counselling Centre Resources webpage.

Resources for young people

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The Authentic Indigenous Voices (AIV) icon has been developed as a visual signifier for members of the Camosun community seeking Indigenous authored/created content from the Camosun Library. The icon is a starting point for readers to identify the creators of resources featured in Camosun LibGuides and may assist with the indigenization of course curricula, research, and other scholarly activities.

Look for the icon or words, "*Authentic Indigenous Voices", next to library resources.

To find out more, visit the Authentic Indigenous Voices page on the Indigenizing Citations at Camosun guide

Orange Shirt Day


Orange Shirt Day (September 30) is an annual event where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people come together to honour residential school survivors, those students who did not survive, their families and communities, and to reflect on the far-reaching impacts of Canada's Indian residential school system. Beginning in 2021, September 30 will also be recognized in Canada as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The residential school system era began in the early 1870’s, continuing through to 1996, when the last school closed. More than 150,000 Indigenous, Métis and Inuit children attended residential school. Orange Shirt Day takes place in early autumn to acknowledge the time of year children when were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day began in 2013, in Williams Lake, BC. Phyllis Webstad (Northern Secwpemc, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation), a survivor of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in William's Lake, told the story of her experience including the orange shirt that was stripped from her on her first day at the school at age six.

Phyllis's story has inspired people to take part in anti-bullying and anti-racism initiatives across Canada, and to learn about and acknowledge the reality of Canada's colonial history. Visit the website to learn about Phyllis's story in her own words.

Survivor stories

Further reading

Unsettling Native Art Histories on the Northwest Coast

Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse & Aldona Jonaitis, 2020

Featuring: Karen Benbassat Ali; Janet Catherine Berlo; Iljuuwaas Tyson Brown, Haida Nation; Jisgang Nika Collison, Haida Nation; Karen Duffek; Sharon Fortney, Klahoose; Christopher Green; Denise Nicole Green; Ishmael Hope, Inupiaq and Tlingit; Lily Hope, Tlingit; Kaitlin McCormick; Emily L. Moore; Peter Morin, Tahltan Nation; Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel, Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw; Duane Niatum, Jamestown S’Klallam; Megan A. Smetzer; Robert Starbard, Xunaa Tlingit; Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida Nation; and Lucy Fowler Williams.

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

All Our Relations: Finding a Path Forward

Tanya Talaga, 2018
E 98 S9 T35 2018

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Bawaajigan: Stories of Power

Nathan Niigan Noondin Adler & Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith, 2019
PN 6120.95 D67 B5 2019
Featuring: Richard Van Camp; Autumn Bernhardt; Brittany Johnson; Gord Grisenthwaite; Joanne Arnott; Delani Valin; Cathy Smith; David Geary; Yugcetun Anderson; Gerald Silliker Pisim Maskwa; Karen Lee White; Sara Kathryn General; Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler; Francine Cunningham; Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith; Lee Maracle; Wendy Bone.

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Unsettling Spirit: A Journey Into Decolonization

Denise M. Nadeau, foreword by Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis), 2020

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada

Samir Shaheen-Hussain, foreword by Cindy Blackstock, afterword by Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel, 2020

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action In and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Dylan Robinson, Keith Martin, David Garneau, 2016

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Streaming Media

Film still from

We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

Written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin
National Film Board of Canada, 2016
Running time: 2 hours, 42 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices 

Film still from

Birth of a Family

Directed by Tasha Hubbard
National Film Board of Canada. 2016
Running time: 1 hour, 19 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices 

Stories Are in Our Bones

Written and directed by Janine Windolph
National Film Board of Canada, 2019
Running time: 11 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Screen shot from Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle

Kuper Island: Return to the Healing Circle

Written and directed by Peter Campbell & Christine Welsh
Gumboot Productions, 1997
Running time: 44 minutes
Also on DVD – call number: E 96.6 K83 K83 1997

*Authentic Indigenous Voices 

Film still from

Freedom Road: Elders / Gitchi-aya'aag

Writen and directed by Angela McLeod
National Film Board of Canada, 2019
Running time: 12 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices 

Film still from

Holy Angels

Written and directed by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
National Film Board of Canada, 2017
Running time: 13 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Slide image of film, Our People will be Healed

Our People Will Be Healed

Written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin
National Film Board of Canada, 2017
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Etlinisigu'niet (Bleed Down)

Directed by Jeff Barnaby
National Film Board of Canada, 2015
Running time: 5 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices 

Christmas at Moose Factory

Written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin
National Film Board of Canada, 1971
Running time: 13 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Film still from

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

Written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin
National Film Board of Canada, 2021
Running time: 29 minutes

*Authentic Indigenous Voices

Film still from

Giiwe - This is Home

Directed by Merle Robillard & Andrew Lau
National Film Board of Canada, 2020
Running time: 27 minutes

Online resources