Orange Shirt Day 2021
The Woodland Cultural Centre is now accepting bulk orders of Orange T-Shirts for Ora
nge Shirt Day 2021. This year we will also be selling Orange Sweatshirts. With the nature of schooling drastically impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are reaching out to the community to share this information among your staff, families and communities.
What is Orange Shirt Day?
Orange Shirt Day occurs annually on September 30th. It is one of the ways that we honour in a mindful way the experiences, memories and personal, spiritual and cultural resiliency of Survivors and former students of Canada’s residential school system. Orange Shirt Day originated in British Columbia from the story of Phyllis Webstad, whose grandmother had purchased a new orange shirt for Webstad to wear on their first day of school; upon admission, that shirt was taken away and she never saw it again. The Orange Shirt has since been adopted as a visual representation of what our communities have endured throughout the legacy of residential schools and are a recognizable way for us to show our support for Survivors in their healing journeys. Webstad has encouraged communities and organizations across Canada to design their own shirts to honour the experiences of their own communities, and that is exactly what we here at the Woodland Cultural Centre do.
Orange Shirt Day 2021 Virtual Programming and Events:
Our team at Woodland Cultural Centre is working hard to organize virtual programming for all grades this year as well as the public at home. We are asking you to take 4 minutes to fill out a quick survey and help us gauge what programs you’d prefer and make sure we can meet the demand.
Preordering Orange Shirt Day Hoodies and Shirts:
T-Shirts are available in Youth Sizes Small – Youth X-Large, and Adult Sizes Small – Adult 4X-Large. All shirts are 100% cotton, and all sizes are Unisex. The cost per t-shirt is $20.00.
Sweatshirts are available in Youth Sizes Small – Youth X-Large, and Adult Sizes Small – Adult 4X-Large. All sweatshirts are a mix of cotton and polyester, and all sizes are Unisex. The cost per sweatshirt is $40.00.
Orders are due Wednesday, August 25th. Organizers for each school order will be contacted to inform them when orders are available to be picked up from Woodland Cultural Centre (184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON), no later than September 13. Delivery may be available for an additional fee and by special arrangement only.
All proceeds from the sale of these shirts go towards supporting the Save the Evidence campaign, which aims to repair and restore the former Mohawk Institute Residential School for use as an interpretive historic site. As one of only a handful of former residential school buildings still standing in Canada, and one of only two in Ontario, the site will be incorporated into Woodland Cultural Centre’s one-of-a-kind educational experience and stand testimony to continued Indigenous Resilience.