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Area of Expertise: Education
"Every child matters, even if you are an adult. We must also remember those children that never made it and are no longer with us. Today is a day for survivors to tell their stories and for us to listen with open hearts."
Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She is widely known as the driver of the Orange Shirt Day, September 30th, an annual event in remembrance of the Canadian residential school system that raises awareness of the ongoing harms this system continues to inflict. Phyllis tours the country to share her truth and has published two books, the "Orange Shirt Story" and "Phyllis's Orange Shirt" and continues to advocate for residential school survivors and their families.