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The Orange Shirt Story: An Evening with Phyllis Webstad

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Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, BC, Canada.

In 2018 Phyllis Webstad launched her children’s book called “The Orange Shirt Story” to share her story in her own words. The Orange shirt story tells the story of young Phyllis having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school and never to see it again. A simple orange shirt has become a conversation starter for all aspects of residential school across Canada and beyond.

Phyllis has inspired thousands and thousands of people to honour residential school survivors and their families and share the call on September 30th of each year that “EVERY CHILD MATTERS.” Phyllis is well respected for her work, her courage and for striving to heal our communities and Nation through speaking her truth.

Please join us for an inspirational evening with Phyllis on September 22nd: traditional welcome at 6:30 pm; Phyllis will share her story from 7-8: pm; Phyllis will sign her book (available for sale at the event for $19.99 plus tax - cash only), there will be photo opportunities, and refreshments will be available from 8-9 pm.


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The Orange Shirt Story By Phyllis Webstad

The Orange Shirt Story is an age-appropriate true story about Phyllis Webstad and her experience at a residential school when she was six years old. Phyllis’s Granny bought her a shiny new orange shirt that she wore on her first day, however, upon arriving at the St. Joseph Mission, her shirt was taken away from her, never to be returned. The Orange Shirt Story has the power to bring communities together and open up a safe space in which we can have an honest conversation about our shared history in a gentle and informative way.

Connection to Orange Shirt Day (September 30th):

Since 2013, each year on September 30th, we wear orange to honour the Residential School survivors and their families. We honour their experiences and the experiences of their families. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to all come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations of children.

A Message From Phyllis Webstad:

“Orange Shirt Day is a conversation starter about all aspects of Residential Schools. Each September 30th we honour survivors and their families, including those children that never returned home. Every child matters.”

Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

The Orange Shirt Story addresses recommendations made by the Commission’s 2012 Interim Report for Truth and Reconciliation. Recommendation 5 suggests that “provincial and territorial departments of education work in concert with the Commission to develop age-appropriate educational materials about residential schools for use in public schools.” Orange Shirt Story addresses this recommendation.

Educational Curriculum:

In addition, it can be used by school districts nation wide to meet their core curricular competencies, like communication, thinking and personal and social. To learn more about how this book satisfy your provinces curriculum please visit http://medicinewheel.education/curriculum/

Medicine Wheel Education (The publisher):

Medicine Wheel Education was founded by Teddy Anderson who is a multicultural person (European, Persian, Family adopted Tlingits). Teddy saw there was a huge lack of high quality resources in classrooms across Canada. He approached several Elders and storytellers to create a series of books designed to share powerful moral messages while connecting children to culture in an authentic way. The goal of Medicine Wheel Education is to bring all people close together through authentic cultural and moral education while protecting our authors and our stories.

Other Contact information:

Phyllis’s Website: www.orangeshirtbook.com

Orange Shirt Day Society: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/


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