September 30th, 2023 marks the 10th year of Orange Shirt Day (OSD). How will you honour residential school survivors during this significant moment in history?
Digital Human Library (dHL) is honoured to collaborate with the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau (IISB) to help bring much needed education from Indigenous Knowledge Careers into our education and public library systems. Together we are inviting people from around the world to listen and learn from Phyllis’s Webstad’s Orange Shirt story during IISB’s #OSD10for10 Campaign. As the leading voice behind an emerging global movement, Phyllis Webstad has educated and impacted the lives of thousands around the world.
Educational organizations will also have the opportunity to hear stories from Joseph Naytowhow, a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, actor, and residential school survivor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan.
100% of the proceeds from the #OSD10for10 campaign goes to Indigenous organizations to support residential school Survivors and communities, and to provide further Indigenized educational opportunities for the world. The campaign will be ongoing until Solstice 2023 (Dec 21).
It’s time we #BreakTheSilence. Join us on a journey of reconciliACTION…
About Phylis Webstad and Joseph Naytowhow
Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage, was born in Dog Creek, and lives in Williams Lake, BC. Today, Phyllis is married, has one son, a stepson and five grandchildren. She is the Founder and Ambassador of the Orange Shirt Society, and tours the country telling her story and raising awareness about the impacts of the residential school system. She has now published two books, the “Orange Shirt Story” and “Phyllis’s Orange Shirt” for younger children.
In 2017 Phyllis received the TRU Distinguished Alumni Award for her unprecedented impact on local, provincial, national and international communities through the sharing of her orange shirt story.
In honour of the 10 year mark of Orange Shirt Day, Phyllis Webstad shares the Orange Shirt Day origin story by reliving what it was like growing up in an Indigenous community and attending a residential school as a third generation residential school survivor.
Video Title: Orange Shirt Day
Suggested Audience: Ages 7-100+
Viewing Time: 58 minutes
Knowledge keeper, Storyteller, Actor, Musician and Residential School Survivor Joseph Naytowhow is a muti-talented Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. Joseph is a highly regarded Indigenous Advisor for many Universities, organizations and communities throughout Canada. Through his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, Joseph bridges cultures, educating young and old on how to respect and honour traditional practices and beliefs in an ever changing modern world.
On this 10 year mark of Orange Shirt Day, honour Joseph Naytowhow by learning from his experiences as a residential school survivor and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of Orange Shirt Day and why this day is important to him.
Video Title: Truth
Suggested Audience: Ages 7-100+
Viewing Time: 22 minutes
Honour Residential School Survivors
Public libraries have the opportunity to honour residential school survivors by offering in-person screenings of Phyllis Webstad’s story until Solstice 2023 (Dec 21).
Contact us to learn more, and schedule your in-person screening: firstname.lastname@example.org
Higher Education Institutions
Higher Education Institutions committed to reconciliation can make Phyllis Webstad’s story and Joseph Naytowhow’s story available to select faculties, the entire campus, as well as offer in-person screenings.
Contact us to learn more and join the journey: email@example.com
K12 School Districts
Districts interested in taking a step forward on their reconciliation journey can honour residential school survivors by making Phyllis Webstad’s story and Joseph Naytowhow’s story available for all staff and students.
Contact us to learn more and join the journey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools on a reconciliation journey have the opportunity to make Phyllis Webstad’s story and Joseph Naytowhow’s story available for all staff and students.
Select your license below by choosing the appropriate number of viewers. Once your order has been processed, a separate email will be sent to you which includes the links to Phyllis Webstad’s video and Joseph Naytowhow’s video, educational resources, and a “Count Me In” digital badge. Orders are processed daily between 9AM-9PM ET.
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Individuals and Organizations
Please visit iisb.ca/osd to learn more about how you can contribute to reconciliation in honour of residential school survivors.
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Share and Get Social
Everyone who learns from Phyllis Webstad and Joseph Naytowhow are encouraged to share a reflection by posting a story and/or video on your socials using the hashtag: #OSD10for10 Remember to tag Digital Human Library (dHL) and the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau (IISB)!
Then it is your turn to help share this story! Who are your 10?
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About the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau
The International Indigenous Speakers Bureau (IISB) is about creating opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to connect and build bridges by providing access to a wealth of Indigenous Speakers around the world.
Phyllis Webstad and Joseph Naytowhow are the first two IISB Speakers to have educational videos released from the International Indigenous Speaker’s Bureau (IISB) Knowledge Nugget educational video library (launching Winter 2023). Together, IISB and Digital Human Library are working together to honour generations of Indigenous peoples by protecting Indigenous knowledge and contributing to the restoration and reclamation of Indigenous knowledge back to Indigenous communities. With your support, we can begin to reverse the systemic wrongs of the past and become part of the healing by building better pathways for all future generations.