Heiltsuk Artist Creates New Orange Shirt for Indigenous Youth Organization

The second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is commemorated across Canada on Friday, September 30.

For this year’s Orange Shirt Day, Vancouver’s Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has teamed up with acclaimed artist Heiltsuk KC Hall and custom gift shop MAKE to provide a new Every Child t-shirt. Matters.

This is the third year that the Indigenous youth-serving organization has sold thought-provoking and awareness-raising orange t-shirts to support its many programs and services.

“The Every Child Matters shirt along with Orange Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of the impact of the traumatic history of residential schools and colonization of Indigenous peoples,” said Cheryl Robinson, Executive Director of the Urban Native Youth Association. . “I hope that by wearing and supporting the Every Child Matters t-shirt, people will be inspired to learn more about the truth and history of Indigenous peoples.”

Those looking to purchase UNYA’s orange Every Child Matters t-shirt designed by KC Hall can shop in-store at MAKE Granville Island and MAKE Gastown or online at makevancouver.com.

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The limited-edition design will be on sale until Orange Shirt Day or while supplies last, with MAKE donating 100% of profits to the registered non-profit company. The orange t-shirts will also be on sale at UNYA Headquarters near Hastings Street and Commercial Drive.

“We have had the privilege and honor of working with KC Hall for many years and in different capacities,” said Robinson, whose ancestral roots come from the St’at’imc and Nisga’a nations. “We asked KC to come up with the design. We were confident that he would be able to come up with a design representing UNYA and Every Child Matters. This latest design has a human spirit that not only represents our living children, but also those who never returned home.

UNYA Orange Shirt Day

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“MAKE has also been incredibly generous and has printed and taken orders for orange shirts for UNYA and has donated all proceeds from shirt sales to UNYA programs. Proceeds from t-shirt sales provide a increased support for all of our youth programs and ensures that they remain with little or no barriers.This means that we provide bus tickets and transportation as well as snacks or healthy food to all of our participants. »

UNYA was founded in 1988 and is the only organization offering programs for Aboriginal youth in Metro Vancouver. The charity offers programs in the areas of health and wellbeing, housing and transition, community and connection, and education and training.

For more information, visit unya.bc.ca and bit.ly/UNYAandMAKE22.

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