Orange Shirt Day honours and commemorates the healing journey of the survivors of residential schools and is a steadfast commitment to ongoing reconciliation, anti-bullying, and anti-racism.
Orange Shirt Day got its name from survivor Phyllis Jack, who on her first day at residential school, had her new orange shirt taken away from her. In addition to wearing orange, the day marks countrywide lectures and event where Canadians are encouraged to learn more about the history of residential schools.
One such event is happening right here in Barrie at the downtown branch and Painswick branch of the Barrie Public Library. Indigenous elders will share their residential school experiences, lead discussions, and is followed by a presentation by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.
The downtown event takes place from 930 AM to 1030 AM and the Painswick event takes place from 12 PM to 1 PM.