Wear an orange shirt on September 30 to show your support. Every child matters.


Join us for a virtual event on Orange Shirt Day, a national movement in recognition of the experiences of survivors of residential schools in Canada. In the spirit of reconciliation and healing, Canadians are asked to wear an orange shirt on this day to acknowledge that every child matters.

Whether you are working or going to school online or in-person, wear your orange shirt on September 30 to show your solidarity with Indigenous people.

Other ways to participate

We also invite and encourage all members of the U of T community to use the Orange Shirt Day icon as their profile photo and use the virtual backdrop (available for download below) on Teams or Zoom calls the week of September 27.


2:00–2:05 pm

Hart House Farm Video

2:05—2:10 pm

Opening Remarks

Shannon Simpson
Director, Indigenous Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President & Provost, and the Office of the Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture

2:10–2:20 pm

Opening Ceremony

2:20–2:25 pm

Land Acknowledgement

Anna F-M
Founder & Executive Director, The Indigenous Support Project

2:25–2:30 pm

Welcome Remarks

Kelly Hannah-Moffat
Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture

2:30–2:35 pm

Phyllis Webstad Video

2:35–3:15 pm

Keynote Address: Truth Before Reconciliation

Lee Maracle
OC, Author

3:15–3:25 pm

Closing Ceremony


The Story of Phyllis Webstad

Orange Shirt Day is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, who in 1973, entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School at the age of six. She was stripped of the orange shirt she was wearing and forced to wear the institutional uniform.

September 30 was chosen to mark the date when trucks and buses would arrive in communities to take children to residential schools. These schools operated in Canada between 1831 and 1996.

Our Partners

Office of Indigenous Initiatives
First Nations House

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Event Website: Official Website
  • Date: Thu, Sep 30, 2021
  • Time & Duration: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
    • FREE

  • Venue: Online
  • Note: Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants.