A design created by a teenager from Ponoka, Alta was selected for the 2022 Orange Shirt Day design.
Design by Grade 11 student Geraldine Catalbas is in remembrance of the children who lost their lives in residential schools, acknowledging the impact of their deaths, the survivors’ triumph through the actions of the past and making up for the mistakes made , noted the Orange Shirt Society Day and Tolko Industries Ltd. in a joint press release on Friday, February 25.
Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad told the Tribune that she contacted Geraldine last week to let her know her design had been chosen.
“I love shoes in design,” Webstad said. “They represent children. The shoelaces spelling out “every child matters” are there and the eagle in the design is good because it represents our native culture. »
Webstad noted that when she sees an eagle and it spreads its wings, it’s like a blessing or prayer and protection.
“That’s what I see in the design – the eagle flying over all the children still in residential schools across Canada who are wanted right now.
Webstad recalled that once the first Orange Shirt Day was held in 2013, people were asking about the shirts.
“One year I asked a person from the United States if I could use his design and sold it through a shirt site. I sold 50 shirts and was so tickled,” a- she said with a laugh. “Every year people would ask what this year’s design was, so we answered their questions.”
This is the second time the society has held a contest for K-12 students from across Canada to submit a design.
For her award, Geraldine will receive $200 and covered expenses to travel with a caregiver to meet with Webstad on Orange Shirt Day 2022, in Niagara Falls, Ont. provided it is deemed safe due to COVID restrictions.
Tolko is paying the student for the design and travel expenses, Webstad said.
Melissa Lundy, program manager for the Orange Shirt Day Society, said it’s not just about wearing an orange shirt and the society also encourages Canadians to think about where they buy their shirt or their merchandise before buying.
“We encourage you to ask where the money is going, how much is donated, and how much is profiting from each item sold,” Lundy said.
Going forward, the company will protect designs owned by the company, which includes this 2022 design. If anyone would like to use this design anyway, please email Lundy at [email protected]
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