Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. Orange Shirt Day is the vision of Alkali Lake Chief Fred Robbins, a survivor of residential school. The Orange Shirt represents the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad who, on her first day at residential school, had her bright new orange shirt taken away from her. It was given to her by her grandmother, she was six years old.
Remember Me is intended to be an inclusive, annual day of remembrance that will meaningfully honour the dead, the survivors, the families and communities that grieve. It is also a day to show unity in our efforts to bridge the gap between Canadians and Indigenous people; it is an opportunity to embrace diversity and promote equality. Above all, it will encourage dialog, active citizenship and social responsibility in our youth.
The Process for making these Touchstones involves multiple steps.
The first step is to take clear glass and paint it using special enamels.
These are dried and fired in a kiln to 1360F.
The firing process takes 16-20 hours.
Now that we have our coloured glass we can now cut these sheets into small rectangles and squares. With the assistance of many sister friends volunteering their time, we assemble 4 pieces to make a Touchstone Heart. These hearts will be fired in the kiln a second time at a much higher temperature to round all our edges.
Each heart will be carefully packaged in a organza bag with our special message attached.