Orange Shirt Day - September 30
Mon, Sep 30, 2024

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is celebrated every year on September 30. The holiday is dedicated to the children of indigenous Canadians who were forced to grow up in boarding schools and thus assimilate into society. The event reminds each of us that we must support any ideas and activities against racism and bullying.


The holiday was founded in honor of the Métis and Inuit children living in Canada. They were taken by force from their parents and placed in boarding schools. This state of affairs continued for 50 years – from the beginning to the middle of the 20th century. Boarding schools were a network of Canadian educational institutions sponsored by the government. They were created with one goal – to isolate children from their native culture and make them forget their native language. Boarding schools were built far from the settlements of indigenous peoples.

Interesting Facts

  • It is known that about 150,000 children were sent to boarding schools, where they were subjected to violence, poorly fed, and not provided with medical care.
  • In 2013, Phyllis Webstad shared her story of being taken to a boarding school at the age of six. A few days before this event, her grandmother gave her an orange shirt, but it was taken away at the boarding school.
  • During the reign of Elizabeth I, only nobles could afford the color orange.
  • Today, orange is used to warn of danger.

How to take part

As a sign of solidarity, wear orange clothes, and stand up for those who went through a difficult path in a boarding school but survived. Share the holiday on social media and encourage people to join your initiative to wear something orange. Explore history to learn more about the hardships faced by indigenous children in Canada. Be kind to the people around you and let this tradition become a way of life for you.

When is Orange Shirt Day in 2024?

Orange Shirt Day is observed on September 30 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday September 30 2024
Tuesday September 30 2025
Wednesday September 30 2026
Thursday September 30 2027
Saturday September 30 2028
Sunday September 30 2029