The Orange Shirt Story

Phyllis Webstad's The Orange Shirt Story is a real-life account of the author's experience having her favourite orange shirt taken from her on her first day at residential school — which is the inspiration for 'Orange Shirt Day' across Canada.

Phyllis Webstad, illustrated by Brock Nicol

hen Phyllis Webstad  — nee Jack — turned six, she went to the residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her, but when she got to the school, it was taken away from her and never returned. This is the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt. It is also the story of Orange Shirt Day — an important day of remembrance for First Nations and non-First Nations Canadians.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now