On September 30th, the Indigenous Health Initiative Team and the Faculty of Health Science, recognize ‘Orange Shirt Day’ as a day that acknowledges a national movement to reflect and remember the legacy of residential schools in this country. The day is named for Phyllis Webstad who at the age of six was given an orange shirt by her grandmother to wear to school. Once she arrived at St. Joseph’s Mission for her first day, her clothes were taken away.


We encourage all FHS staff and faculty to reflect and have meaningful discussion about Indian Residential Schools and honour the survivors. There is still much learning to be done and here at McMaster activities are underway to acknowledge the day. The road ahead to learn about and address barriers including racism, inequality and social injustice is a long one. We need the ongoing commitment and action of institutional and individual Allies to achieve true systemic change. Join us in marking this important day.


On September 30 McMaster will recognize Orange Shirt Day with a screening of the film Indian Horse, hosted by Indigenous Student Services and Indigenous Studies.


Event details:

Indian Horse  

L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1811 in the courtyard 

7:30 p.m. 

The event is free and snacks will be included. 


More information and resources can also be found here: 


About Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis Webstad – www.orangeshirtday.org

Save the Evidence Campaign, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario – woodlandculturalcentre.ca/the-campaign/

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – nctr.ca/map.php

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society – fncaringsociety.com/welcome