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Every Child Matters Hoodie by Colouring It Forward: 100% of sales go to this Indigenous company

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ecm orange hoodie
*WE ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT FOR THE 2022 DAY OF TRUTH & RECONCILIATION ON SEPT 30. WE HAVE LIMITED STOCK IN STORE, OR YOU CAN ORDER DIRECTLY FROM COLOURING IT FORWARD ON THEIR WEBSITE AND PICK UP FROM THEM IN CALGARY/DIRECT SHIP FROM THEM.

We will offer these products ongoing on our site and store, after Sept 30 and all year long.*

Designed by Indigenous Artist, Diana Frost, from Colouring It Forward! These Hoodies are available in adult unisex S-3XL.

100% of the sales goes directly to Colouring it Forward, who in turn donates to Orange Shirt Society and the annual Pokaiks the Children orange shirt day events.

 What is "Orange Shirt" Day?

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned.

To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”

September 30 is "Orange Shirt" day because it represents the time of year when Indigenous children were forcibly taken from their homes and exposed to horrific living conditions where they experienced sexual and physical abuse, rape, starvation, medical experiments, and multiple other traumas, where they could no longer speak their ancestral languages or practice their sacred beliefs and way of life. They were striped of their culture, identities and in many cases these children were murdered, with no communication to their families.

We honor these children, as well as Residential School Survivors and their families, on September 30 (and any day of the year) by wearing Orange and learning of the truth surrounding what horrific acts occurred here in Canada at these residential school sites. We share and listen and learn about this because Every Child Matters.

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