Museum Moment: Orange Shirt Day 2020

Over the past several years the Musee Heritage Museum has worked to share the history of the two residential schools that were in St. Albert. The Youville School, located on Mission Hill operated from 1873 to 1948 and the Edmonton Indian Residential School, located where the Poundmaker’s Healing Lodge currently stands, was in existence from 1924 to 1968…Many children from all across Western Canada came to these schools, and some of them never returned to their homes.

Why do we acknowledge Orange Shirt Day? 

Orange Shirt Day was created in 2013 to educate Canadians on the impact of the Indian Residential School system. It is based on a book by Phyllis Webstad and the book shares the story of her first day at a residential school.



How can you learn more about this part of Canadian History??


Visit the Orange Shirt Day Website!!  Orange Shirt Day

Watch Phyllis share her story!! Phyllis Webstad

Check out this resource with family activities to do!! Family resources and activities



When walking or riding your bike on the trails in St. Albert, stop by and visit Kakesimokamik – St. Albert’s Healing Garden

Elder Tony Arcand, from Alexander First Nations, consulted with the Elders of the community to give the garden a name in Cree.  Through prayer and ceremony the Cree name for the garden became Kakesimokamik.

Picture (left) September 2017 Opening of Kakesimokamik – The St. Albert Healing Garden


To learn more about Orange Shirt Day or Indigenous programming for schools and the community contact the Musée Héritage Museum Program Manager at or call 780 459-1528.

Additional resources listed below

Orange Shirt Day – Resources:


(Ages 4-8)
Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, Second Story Press
When we Were Alone
by David Alexander Robertson, Portage & Main Press
Arctic Stories by Michael Kusugak, Annick Press
(Ages 9-12)
As Long as the Rivers Flow by Larry Loyie, Groundwood Books
The Secret Path by Gord Downie, Simon and Schuster (age 10+)
(Ages 13+)
Broken Circle: The dark legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir by Theodore Fontaine, Heritage House Publishing

A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, foreward by Phil Fontaine, University of Manitoba Press

Orange Shirt Day – The Offical Book of Orange Shirt Society
Edited and Approved by Joan Sorley & Phyllis Webstad


The full story of Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis Webstad

Phyllis Webstad explains the meaning of Orange Shirt Day (2:20 min)

Classroom videos created by Phyllis Webstad for teachers (short videos ranging from 0:44 to 2:36 min)

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website; contains history, archives, records of all Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and Education resources. Truth and Reconciliation

The story of St. Albert’s own Healing Garden, a community Reconciliation Project (long version 10:28 min; short version 3:11 min) St. Albert Healing Garden

Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert, Blogs, Video’s, programming resources Arts and Heritage, St. Albert

Michif Cultural Connections, Metis specific resources, programs, Elder access  Michif Cultural Connections

Your local library filled with good reading around this topic St. Albert Public Library