September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that Every Child Matters
Phyllis Webstad was born on Dog Creek Reserve and is Northern Secwepemc from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation in British Columbia.
She is the author of Phyllis's Orange Shirt, which reflects her experience of having her favourite orange shirt taken from her on her first day at residential school. It is the inspiration for the Orange Shirt Day movement, which is a day to reflect upon the treatment of First Nations people in Canada.
Today, Phyllis is married, has one son and two grandsons aged nine and five years old, and has earned diplomas in Business Administration from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology; and in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University.