First Nation Communities READ Announces the Young Adult/Adult Selected Title for the 2021-2022 PMC Indigenous Literature Award. Press Release, Toronto September 23, 2021 -
Selected Title in the Young Adult/Adult Category: Orange Shirt Day September 30th by Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley.
Orange Shirt Day September 30th was inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad. When Phyllis was 6 years old, she went to Residential School for the first time wearing a brand-new shiny orange shirt. When she arrived at the school her shirt was taken away and never to be seen again.
The Orange Shirt Day movement was born out of Residential School Survivor Phyllis Webstad’s personal experience at Residential School when she was just six years old. Her friend, and now Orange Shirt Society board member, Joan Sorley, encouraged Phyllis to share her story publicly in 2013. It is that story, and the tireless efforts of the Orange Shirt Society that was formed shortly thereafter, that have created the international movement we now recognize on September 30th as Orange Shirt Day.
Chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, the FNCR titles represent the very best of Indigenous literature. The selected 2021 title will be recognized on-line at the Virtual Word on the Street Festival in Toronto on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
The PMC Indigenous Literature Award is sponsored by Periodical Marketers of Canada.