Seattle Public Schools

Monthly Native American Observances

Orange Shirt Day

In 1973, Stwecem’c Xgat’tem First Nations citizen Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s new orange shirt, given to her by her grandmother, was taken away the day she arrived at Mission School. She was six years old. In 2013, she founded the Orange Shirt Society as part of her healing journey.

image of 2023 Orange Shirt Day logo and request to wear orange September 29, 2023