Orange Shirt Day

This collection of resources can be used to support Orange Shirt Day in your classroom and school. 

Be sure to also look at our Reconciliation Collection  and Indigenous Perspectives for more resources. 

22 affiliated resources

Search Resources

View
Selected filters:
Be a ConnectR
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

ConnectR is an online tool created to inspire Reconciliation in Canada.
ConnectR helps you choose your next steps towards reconciliation.
Find calls to action to grow what you know, encourage a shared future and generate change.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Reconciliation Saskatoon
Date Added:
09/23/2021
Education for Reconciliation Action Toolkit (pdf) (2015)
Rating

"This action toolkit contains a variety of resources:

*Short sample introductions to use during announcement time, at a display table or in one-on-one conversations
*A two-hour workshop to introduce your community to the campaign
*Winds of Change Series (If you have a full day or 3 sessions)"

*** All products including free downloads must be added to the shopping cart by clicking on the ‘Add to cart’ button.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Kairos Canada
Date Added:
09/18/2020
First Nations Health and Wellness Colouring Book
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

This colouring book represents the collective efforts of 19 Indigenous artists,
and celebrates a diversity of health and wellness perspectives.

Colouring is an activity that can increase mindfulness and decrease stress, and
can help you find balance in challenging times.

Subject:
Arts Education
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Canadian Red Cross
Date Added:
09/16/2021
HEALING THE GENERATIONS RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM - Ontario Education
Rating

Curriculum Objectives:
- To increase awareness of the residential school system as a major part of the European colonizing effort against Aboriginal peoples, resulting in significant intergenerational impacts.
- To increase awareness and understanding of what Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Ontario) members experienced while attending the 13 residential schools in the region.
- To promote awareness in reclaiming language, culture and skills that were lost as a result of residential schools.
- To promote individual healing in the context of rebuilding links with families, communities and Elders.

Complete lessons (2013, 2002) based on Ontario Curriculum.
Grades 9-12.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Interview with Francine Merasty
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

This is an interview with First Nations lawyer and poet Francine Merasty. The interview is in three parts with each part focusing one one of her poems.
Part 1 Homebound-Residential Schools
Part 2 Fiery Woman-60's Scoop
Part 3 Reconciliation- TRC Calls To Action

Subject:
English Language Arts
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Law
Psychology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/26/2021
An Interview with Francine Merasty-Homebound Part I
Rating

Homebound-A Reading and Conversation with Cree poet Francine Merasty on the healing power of poetry. With grace and wit, Francine discusses how has helped her deal with the trauma of residential schools and celebrate the strength of her family.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Creative Writing
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/20/2021
Orange Shirt Day Gr. 5 to 7 - Building Bridges - by building understanding through current events
Rating

Level 1 - Grade 5-7

Learning Outcomes: • I can articulate the purpose of Orange Shirt Day, and how symbols and testimony work to encourage social change. • I can articulate the history of residential schools in Canada and the ongoing intergenerational impact on Indigenous communities.

Essential Questions: • What does Orange Shirt Day symbolize? • What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? • What is the work of reconciliation, and what does it mean to you?

Subject:
Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Orange Shirt Day
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Orange Shirt Day Gr. 8 to 10 - Building Bridges - by building understanding through current events
Rating

Learning Outcomes: • I can articulate the purpose of Orange Shirt Day, and how symbols and testimony work to encourage social change. • I can articulate the history of residential schools in Canada and the ongoing inter-generational impact on Indigenous communities.

Essential Questions: • What does Orange Shirt Day symbolize? • What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? • What is the work of reconciliation, and what does it mean to you?

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Orange Shirt Day
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Orange Shirt Day Playlist from The National Film Board
Rating

5 Films...

"Orange Shirt Day was launched in 2013 to call attention to 165 years of residential school experiences (1831-1996). For residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad, the severing of the threads connecting her to family, community, and culture began in 1973, when the beautiful orange shirt she wore to her first day of school was stripped from her and never seen again. The removal of the orange shirt was the first of a series of destructive methods enforced to deplete her sense of self-worth, erase her culture, and suppress her spirit. Her story is just one of the experiences described by countless survivors, but many others did not live to tell their own story. Intergenerational experiences rooted in the trauma inflicted through residential schools and other forced-assimilation policies continue to ripple through communities today...."

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Film Board
NFB
Date Added:
09/22/2020
Residential Schools & Reconciliation - Teacher Resource Guide - Grade 10
Rating

This resource examines:
*The purpose of residential schools
*The assaults and their legacy
*Resistance and change
*Action for reconciliation
*Case studies
*Resources

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
First Nations Education Steering Committee
Orange Shirt Day
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Residential Schools & Reconciliation - Teacher Resource Guide - Grade 5
Rating

This resource examines:

*Learning and relationship with the land
*What were Indian residential schools?
*The Indian residential school experience
*The healing journey
*Resources

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
First Nations Education Steering Committee
Orange Shirt Day
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Sharing the Message of Truth and Reconciliation: A Guide for Parents, Kids, and Educators
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

This guide provides background information, two articles, and sample notes to help parents and educators have conversations with children about the need for reconciliation.
Links to videos at the end of document.
(Be patient. This takes a bit of time to load.)

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Treaty Education
Truth and Reconciliation
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
Scholastic
Date Added:
09/16/2021
Speaking Our Truth Teacher's Resource Guide
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

Welcome to the Teachers’ Resource Guide for Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith.
The guide follows the book, chapter by chapter, making it easy for teachers and students to dig deeper into the text and make personal connections to the material. Each chapter of the guide features a
summary, essential questions, metaphors for learning, key concepts and vocabulary
and detailed learning activities.

There is bonus material about making art, keeping a journal and doing research. Activities are laid out clearly, with instructions for teachers and for students as they embark together on the journey of reconciliation.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Monique Gray Smith
Tasha Henry
Date Added:
10/27/2021
Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

This booklet is written by Spirit Bear as a youth-friendly guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) 94 Calls to Action.

In 2008, a group called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was made. Their job was to listen to stories about residential schools and then write the stories down so we can learn from our mistakes. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission announced their 94 Calls to Action. These are 94 activities all governments, courts, businesses, schools, and people living in Canada can do to help fix the mistakes of the past and present so that all children – including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children – can grow up happy, healthy, safe, and proud of who they are.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Spirit Bear
Date Added:
09/18/2021
Time To Colour: A Collection of Indigenous Colouring Pages
Only Sharing Permitted
CC BY-NC-ND
Rating

Colouring Book
Art to colour from Gitxsan, Muskego Cree, Métis, Inuit, Anishinaabe, Heiltsuk, Unangax, Iñupiaq, and Oneida - Mohawk Nations.

Subject:
Arts Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Christi Belcourt
Debra Vincent
Elizabeth Daniel
Hawlii Pichette
K.C. Hall
Lydia Dirks
Michael Tiggleman
Michelle Stoney
Minja Gaines
Moira Villiard
Montana Adams
Nasugraq Rainey Hopson
Philip Lokahi Kakwirano’Ron Conte
Sarah Howes
Sarah Whalen-Lunn
Tewateronhiahkhwa' Jennifer Glenister
Ukiuq Designs
Woodland Cultural Centre
Date Added:
09/16/2021