Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada. It is an opportunity to learn more about the history of those schools and children. It began in Williams Lake, BC, in 2013. Former residential school student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl. The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day — and everyday— is that every child matters. Orange Shirt Day was started by Phyllis to educate people about residential schools and to fight racism and bullying. For more information on Orange Shirt Day, visit: https://www.orangeshirtday.org
To recognize this day and celebrate the strength of our families, the Métis Family Connections program is hosting a photo contest. Métis families will have an opportunity to share photos of themselves wearing their orange shirts. The program will choose the winning photo and send the family a $50 gift card and a cultural gift!
Deadline: October 7, 2020
Winner Announced: October 14, 2020
Prize: $50 gift card and cultural gift
Who can enter:
Parents & caregivers of Métis children Birth to 8 years who reside in British Columbia
How to enter:
Email your photo (PDF or JPEG) to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 7, 2020
What are we looking for?
A photo of your family or children wearing their Orange Shirts in support of Orange Shirt Day (September 30)
Additional Resources for Parents
We encourage parents to talk to their children about the importance of Orange Shirt Day as well as other important topics such as racism and bullying.
Métis History Experience in Residential Schools in Canada
How To Talk To Your Kids About Racism
How To Talk To Your Kids About Bullying
Orange Shirt Day Information
Legacy of Hope- Forgotten Métis
How to Talk to your Children About Difficult Topics and Orange Shirt Day