Orange Shirt Day

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the children lost and the survivors of residential schools. Acknowledging the painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital part of the reconciliation process. Not only for survivors, but as well as families and Indigenous communities.

Orange Shirt Day is a grassroots Indigenous initiative, honouring those who endured residential schools and remembering those lost. The day is connected to the experiences of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). The young Indigenous student arrived for her first day of school wearing a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It's now a symbol of taking away Indigenous culture and freedom.

Resources for Families  
Collection of Indigenous Books

Indigenous Books on Truth and Reconciliation

We've created a curated collection of children's titles available to borrow at a branch near you.

These books can help young ones to learn about the experiences endured by Indigenous peoples at Residential Schools in Canada.

Looking for more titles for kids about Indigenous lives? Visit our catalogue


Collection of Indigenous Books Indigenous Reads for Youth

These books are a great resource for learning about the lives of Indigenous peoples. Available to borrow at your local RWL branch, the collection offers books for youth.

For for more titles on Indigenous peoples in Canada, visit our catalogue.

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Indigenous Author Series

Visit our streaming platform, Niche Academy to view our three-part series featuring celebrated Indigenous Authors sharing their stories, voices, and experiences.


Watch Indigenous Author Series


Browse Lee Maracle Titles

Browse David Robertson Titles

Browse Draw Hayden Taylor Titles

External Resources 

Healing of the Seven Generations

Woodland Cultural Centre

NFB films about the tragic impact of residential schools in Canada.

CBC News Interactive Map of Residential Schools




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