Every Child Matters
About 150 000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children between the ages of 4 and 16 years old were forced away from their families and taken to these residential schools to rid them of any and all aspects of Aboriginal culture. These children were forced to have their hair cut short, forced in uniforms and forced to stick to a strict schedule on a daily basis. The males and females were separated and any siblings were barely able to interact with one another.
Speaking in their native tongue and practicing any customs or traditions was strictly forbidden to these children. If they were to violate any of these rules, they were to be severely physically punished.
The children constantly suffered emotional and psychological abuse. There are survivors who recall being beaten and strapped as some had needles shoved in their tongues for speaking their native languages.
Schools across Canada are finally educating and helping children acknowledge the events which came to be during this time period.
In honor of those who survived the residential schools and in remembrance of those who did not, buying an orange tee will help raise awareness of the circumstances which occurred.
The design used was created digitally by ddddorii using the slogan of the Orange Shirt Day Organization.
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About this campaign
"Orange Shirt day is an annual event held each September 30th in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government policy on First Nations. Phyllis Webstad presents her memories of Residential schools and the meaning of Orange Shirt Day."