Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day.
In 1960 Phyllis Webstad was a young 6 year old, living on the Dog Creek reserve in northern B.C. She was excited to be going to school for the first time, and her grandmother had scrimped and saved to buy her a bright orange shirt to wear. But when she arrived at school, as in all the residential schools apparently, the children were all stripped, bathed, and de-liced. She never saw her orange shirt again; presumably all the clothes had been burned.
Phyllis was left feeling totally worthless after the indoctrination she experienced at that school, and finally entered therapy at age 27. She finally spoke publicly about her orange shirt on Sept. 30th, 2013 and the image quickly caught on. This spring the federal government made Orange Shirt Day a federal holiday. As I wrote previously, it's intended as a 'Remembrance Day' for the children, with the goal of making Canadians more aware of the lost children as well as the survivors.