Six-year old Phyllis Webstad was excited about her first day at St. Joseph's Residential School in Williams Lake, B.C. in 1973. Her granny had bought her a new, bright orange shirt for the occasion. But when she proudly arrived at the church-run residential school, she was stripped of her clothes, and her hair was cut. Her new shirt was taken away and she never got it back.
"The colour orange has always reminded me of that, and how my feelings didn't matter, how no one cared, and how I felt was worth nothing," said Phyllis, forty years later.