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Significant Dates - FNMI

There are a number of significant days recognizing the experiences of FNMI.  ETFO encourages all Ontarians to learn about and mark these days.

In honour of ETFO’s endorsement to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Calls to Action, ETFO is committed to moving forward into reconciliation and commemorates the survivors of the residential school system by recognizing September 30th as the Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters Campaign.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

In 1973, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad was gifted a brand new orange shirt from her grandmother and wore it to the residential (mission) school she attended in British Columbia. Upon her arrival, school officials removed and discarded the shirt from her and replaced it with a school uniform. This greatly impacted the mental and emotional well-being of Webstad and symbolized that "her feelings never mattered." September 30 was chosen as the date to commemorate all the children that attended residential schools as it was also the time of year that children had to leave their homes and communities to attend the schools. This annual campaign began in 2013 after Webstad shared this experience at a reunion with other survivors.

Visit the Orange Shirt Day webpage for more information and to access lesson plans at

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​​In cooperation with national Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada designated June 21 National Indigenous Day. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because for generations, many Indigenous groups have celebrated their culture and heritage at this time of year. 

​National Indigenous History Month is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada, and to celebrate the unique contributions and presence of Indigenous Peoples.

To learn more about Indigenous Peoples worldviews using ETFO developed instructional resources, please check out ETFOFNMI.CA and shopETFO.

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