About Us

Established in 2013, The Orange Shirt Society (Society) is a non-profit organization based in Williams Lake, BC.


Browse our educational and teaching resources on Indian Residential Schools and Truth & Reconciliation in Canada.


September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. Find or register an Orange Shirt Day event in your town or city!

About OSS

Supporting Survivors & Creating Awareness

The Orange Shirt Society (Society) is a non-profit organization with its home in Williams Lake, BC where Orange Shirt Day began in 2013. The Orange Shirt Society was founded by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and others who are no longer on our Board. We have both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Staff and Board Members. The purposes of our Society are as follows:

  • To support Indian Residential School Reconciliation
  • To create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Society activities
  • To create awareness of the concept of “Every Child Matters”

The 2024 Orange Shirt Design Contest is Now Open!


Browse our list of speakers to book for your event, any time of the year!


Learn more about Canada’s Residential School System with resources and videos.

For Teachers

Browse our selection of educational resources for elementary, junior and high school.

Orange Shirt Day

Upcoming Events

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, and Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Browse our Orange Shirt Day events to find one in your town or city, or register your own event!

OSS News & More

What’s New

2023 T-Shirt Design

We are pleased to announce our 2023 Every Child Matters t-shirt design!!!  A big heartfelt congratulations to our contest winner, [...]

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