On September 30, the Tim Hortons Orange Shirt Day donut will go on sale at participating restaurants across the country with 100% of proceeds donated to Indigenous organizations that support residential school survivors.
Tim Hortons Orange Shirt Day Donut
Available until October 6 on the Tim Horton’s menu, 100% of this limited available orange-sprinkled donut’s retail price (excluding taxes) will be donated to the Orange Shirt Society and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
After the shocking news about the discovery of children buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops residential school, Tim Hortons restaurant owners across Canada began asking what they could do to lend their support.
A Tim Hortons restaurant co-owned by Shane Gottfriedson, Joe Quewezance and Mitch Shuter is located a short distance from the site of the former Kamloops residential school.
They along with other Indigenous Tim Hortons restaurant owners were part of a working group that guided the launch of this fundraising campaign.
Landon Miller was also part of the working group of Tims restaurant owners for this campaign.
He launched his own grassroots orange donut campaign at his restaurant on Six Nations of the Grand River territory in the days after the Kamloops discovery.
Sharon and Brian Bruyere of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba were two other members of the working group for this campaign.
What is Orange Shirt Day?
Orange Shirt Day has been observed on Sept. 30 since 2013, when Phyllis Webstad told her story of her first day of residential school.
She was six years old in 1973, excited to be wearing her new clothes and going to school for the first time, only to have her shiny new orange shirt ripped away and learn that she didn’t matter.
Her organization, the Orange Shirt Society, and the Every Child Matters movement she created continue to raise awareness about Canada’s history of residential schools, along with honouring the survivors and their families and the children who never returned home.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society has a more than 20-year history of providing services to residential school survivors, their families, and those dealing with intergenerational traumas.
One of the Society’s goals is to continually expand support to partner organizations and maximize access to culturally sensitive, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual care.
For more information about the Orange Shirt Society and Orange Shirt Day visit www.orangeshirtday.org.
For more information about the Indian Residential School Survivors Society visit www.irsss.ca.