Orange Shirt Day was established to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. September 30 was chosen to represent the time of year in which Indigenous children were historically taken from their homes to residential schools.
Rather than purchase orange shirts for its staff, Grieg is making a donation to a local Indigenous centre that helps heal Elders and survivors of the residential school system. A single orange shirt will be hung in Grieg’s window from September 30th to to October 4th to honour the children who survived the residential school system and remember those who never made it home.
Clothing and textiles are the biggest contributor to microplastics in the ocean. By making a donation rather than purchasing 150 shirts for our employees, Grieg is helping to reduce its impact on the environment while recognizing this important day.