Orange Shirt Day commemorates Phyllis Jack Webstad, a residential school survivor recalling her first day, proudly wearing an orange shirt gifted from her grandmother. She recalls the orange shirt being forcibly removed, never allowed to wear it again.
At Zueike, we join the pledge that “Every Child Matters“ and have created a limited edition The Every Child Matters orange T-shirt. The E.C.M. T-Shirt tells the story of a small child collecting feathers, making sure they aren't lost. These feathers represent all the people who survived and who didn't survive residential schools and the families that were also affected. We know we can't ignore the pain that came from residential schools and must continue the community dialogue around the historical events that traumatized Indigenous Peoples. This September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we join the community and hope we can learn from one another and be a part of the change.
A portion of the proceeds from The E.C.M. T-Shirt will go to the B.History Fund and support WASAC, an organization that offers leadership and mentorship skills for Indigenous children and youth through sport, recreational, and cultural programs. Learn more about them at www.wasac.info.