September 30th is the newly proclaimed National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Often known as Orange Shirt Day, this day came about because of Phyllis' story. Phyllis was six years old when she was taken to the mission school. Her grandmother had bought her a brand new orange shirt for school, but when she got to school, it was taken away from her. Since then, the colour orange has always reminded her of how no one cared how she felt. (To read more about Phyllis' story, click here. To learn more about Orange Shirt Day, see the Orange Shirt Day website.)
And so, on September 30th we wear orange to show that Indigenous Children do matter, to witness to the stories of survivors of Residential Schools, and to commit ourselves to reconciliation. In the Anglican Church, we are committed to ongoing work towards reconciliation and as a symbol of that, we often wear orange on a Sunday close to September 30th. This year, we encourage all those who have orange to wear it to church on Sunday, September 26th.