Orange Shirt Day


Sep 30



Join SONiC 102.9 by wearing orange in support of the Orange Shirt Society, which aims to educate Canadians on the history and impact of our country’s residential school system and advocate for action on reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day happens annually on September 30 and was started by Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor and Executive Director of Orange Shirt Society. The movement was inspired by an incident on her first day at a residential school, where her brand new orange shirt was taken away from her.


SONiC and Rogers Sports & Media Inc. have teamed up with Ojibway artist Patrick Hunter to create a special design for Orange Shirt Day, with all net proceeds going towards the Orange Shirt Society to help this non-profit expand Indigenous education across Canada.


Click here to purchase your shirt.


Patrick Hunter in his Orange Shirt Day design.


Patrick discussed his design and the importance of Orange Shirt Day with Brooklyn.

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Ojibway artist Patrick Hunter discusses the importance of Orange Shirt Day

Originally Aired: September 30, 2020

The shirt was designed as a tribute to the lives affected and lost through the residential school system, including more than 150,000 Indigenous youth sent away from their parents for almost a century, with the last school closing in 1996.

Patrick Hunter is a 2-Spirit Ojibway Woodland artist and graphic designer from the community of Red Lake, in North Western Ontario. Patrick currently resides in Toronto, but still makes regular journeys home to Red Lake to stay inspired, be with family and teach art classes to the next generation of Woodland artists.

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