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Every Child Matters #OrangeShirtDay

#OrangeShirtDay is a day to bring people together – young and old – in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. The compelling story of Orange Shirt Day originates from a child whose beautiful new orange shirt was taken from her as she was stripped down and forced into a life she nor her parents ever asked for. Watch her story here.

“One billion children – over half of all children age 2 – 17 – are estimated to have experienced emotional, physical and / or sexual violence.” (WHO 2016)

It happens in every part of our world including the country I call home, Canada.

For decades, our Indigenous people had their children taken from them to attend “Residential School”.

These schools were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Originally conceived by Christian churches and the Canadian Government as an attempt to both educate and convert Indigenous youth and to integrate them into Canadian society.

Residential schools disrupted lives and communities, causing long-term problems among Indigenous peoples. The last residential school closed in 1996.

The detailed stories of abuse, neglect, punishment and death continue to be told today with a hope that bringing awareness will heal all those that have been affected, their families and for generations to come.

5 Ways to Give that Will Make Every Child’s Life Matter on #OrangeShirtDay

1. Educate

When we educate the hearts and mind of children they grow to become our next leaders. Have open and thoughtful conversations with your children and in school why every child’s life matters. No matter race, religion or sex.

2. Built  Awareness

Let children know they have rights and their voice and actions matter. They have the right to be:

  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Enjoy and achieve in life
  • Make positive contributions

3. Make Attachment Hearts to Give

Download this pdf for the Orange Day Website to make your own attachment hearts.

4. Create “Helping Hand” Art

Have children trace their hand and write ways they can give a helping hand to other to make them feel valued and appreciated.

5. Heart Rocks

Find heart shaped rocks with your children and paint positive messages on the rocks that they can give to friends and family.

Join Our Canadian Give Today!


If you live in Canada put on your orange shirt and stand with us in reconciliation and hope. No matter where you live in the world always remember that #everychildmatters. Share your stories with us how you spend Orange Shirt Day or tell us the campaigns you participate in anywhere in the world that share the important belief that #everychildmatters. Standing together with small positive actions can make the world of difference.

Join us today! Become a member (it’s free!) and together we can change the world 1 give. 1 day at a time.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)