Orange Shirt Day: An annual event inspired by a Girl who couldn’t wear hers.

Orange Shirt Day: An annual event inspired by a Girl who couldn’t wear hers.

In 1973 six-year old Phyllis Webstad was gifted a new orange shirt from her grandmother and wore it to the residential school she attended in British Columbia. Upon her arrival, school officials removed and discarded the shirt from her and replaced it with a school uniform, greatly impacting the mental and emotional well-being of Webstad and symbolized that "her feelings never mattered." https://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Established in 2013, Orange Shirt Day is an event designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system has on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada. Held annually on September 30th it opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools.

It is a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Wearing an orange shirt honours the survivors and symbolizes a commitment to ongoing reconciliation, and that every child matters.

Beachcomber Hot Tubs and EMC Business Solutions, with Indigenous ownership helps to recognize the responsibility to build an equal and inclusive world. Through creating a workplace that fosters and rewards innovation, we’re proud of our ability to create exciting and meaningful careers for all. Our open-door culture gives a chance to learn and grow, with in-house mentorship programs, we encourage lifelong value, education and opportunities.

 

Beachcomber Hot Tubs and EMC Business Solutions is proud to work together with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and their business, Takaya Holdings, contributing to real estate development on their lands, Seymour Village. https://twnation.ca/  and  https://rennie.com/developments/seymour-village

 

Warrior Plumbing is an indigenous owned business and employs members of the First Nation. This business provides the installation and maintenance of all Beachcomber Hot Tubs at Seymour Village. https://www.facebook.com/Warrior-Plumbing-106997419336006/ 

We encourage everyone to participate in #OrangeShirtDay on September 30th as we honour the Indigenous children and families impacted by the residential school system.

Every Child Matters, always.