“One billion children – over half of all children age 2 – 17 – are estimated to have experienced emotional, physical and / or sexual violence.” (WHO 2016)
It happens in every part of our world including the country I call home, Canada.
For decades, our Indigenous people had their children taken from them to attend “Residential School”.
These schools were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Originally conceived by Christian churches and the Canadian Government as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to integrate them into Canadian society.
Residential schools disrupted lives and communities, causing long-term problems among Indigenous peoples. The last residential school closed in 1996.
The detailed stories of abuse, neglect, punishment and death continue to be told today with a hope that bringing awareness will heal all those that have been affected, their families and for generations to come.
Orange Shirt Day is a day to bring people together – young and old – in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. The compelling story of Orange Shirt Day originates from a child whose beautiful new orange shirt was taken from her as she was stripped down and forced into a life she nor her parents ever asked for. Watch her story here.
When we educate the hearts and mind of children they grow to become our next leaders. Have open and thoughtful conversations with your children and in school why every child’s life matters. No matter race, religion or sex.
2. Built Awareness
Let children know they have rights and their voice and actions matter. They have the right to be:
3. Make Attachment Hearts to Give
Download this pdf for the Orange Day Website to make your own attachment hearts.
4. Create “Helping Hand” Art
Have children trace their hand and write ways they can give a helping hand to other to make them feel valued and appreciated.
5. Heart Rocks
Find heart shaped rocks with your children and paint positive messages on the rocks that they can give to friends and family.
If you live in Canada put on your orange shirt and stand with us in reconciliation and hope. No matter where you live in the world always remember that #everychildmatters. Share your stories with us how you spend Orange Shirt Day or tell us the campaigns you participate in anywhere in the world that share the important belief that #everychildmatters. Standing together with small positive actions can make the world of difference.
Join us today! Become a member (it’s free!) and together we can change the world 1 give. 1 day at a time.