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News Date: 
18 September 2018

      Phyllis Webstad   


  Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem Frist Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from a mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, B.C. Phyllis is married, has a son, a stepson, three grandsons and one granddaughter.
     Every year, Phyllis and her family camp by the Fraser River near Williams Lake. The old and the young come together to catch and dry fish just like their ancestors did. These lesson are the lessons that Phyllis learned as a child. Now she is proud to teach her grandchildren the ways of her people. Phyllis is a third generation residential school survivor.
     She earned diplomas in Business Administration from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University. Phyllis received the 2017 TRU Distinguished Alumni Community Impact Award for her unprecedented impact on local, provincial, national and international communities through the sharing of her orange shirt story.
September 30-Orange Shirt Day:
Today Residential Schools have closed for good.
     Phyllis and her family learn and celebrate their culture. Phyllis is proud of who she is and who her people are. Each year on September 30, many people including Phyllis wear bright orange shirts to honour residential school survivors and their families.
Phyllis’ true story is only one among many.