The Orange Shirt Story
Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol
When Phyllis Webstad (née Jack) turned six, she was sent to a residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she proudly wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her. When she arrived at school she was told that she could not wear her favourite shirt. It was taken away from her, never to be returned. The Orange Shirt Story tells the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt and of Orange Shirt Day, an important day of remembrance for First Nations Canadians. (From Kinder Books)
Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwepemc from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation. She has inspired thousands of people to honour residential school survivors and their families. She is also the author Phyllis's Orange Shirt, are on this list.
Brock Nicol is an illustrator from Ottawa. He also illustrated Phyllis's Orange Shirt.
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