Orange Shirt Society Unveils New Shirt Design

A new design, created by Grade 11 student Geraldine Catalbas of Ponoka, Alberta, has been selected as the 2022 Orange Shirt Day Official Design winner.

The Orange Shirt Society has partnered with Vernon-based Tolko Industries Ltd. to announce the winner of the contest and give a first look at the design that will be featured on shirts across Canada on the National Day for Truth. and Reconciliation, officially Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30.

According to the press release, the design of Catalbas not only honors those who lost their lives in residential schools, but also reflects the impacts of their deaths and the triumphs of survivors.

“The shoes represent the children who died in residential schools, while the shoelaces, turning into an eagle, symbolize their freedom in the skies and fighting through difficult times,” the statement read.

Catalbas not only won the competition and will exhibit her design in September, but she also won $200 and a travel ticket to meet Phyllis Webstad on September 30, 2022.

Webstad was an alumnus of St. Joseph’s Mission boarding school, located outside of Williams Lake, British Columbia, and is now the spokesperson for the Orange Shirt Society, founded in 2013.

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<p>Orange shirts are worn to commemorate Webstads story from his first day at residential school when his shirt was removed – it has now become a way of honoring and remembering all residential school survivors, intergenerational survivors and of those who never returned home.</p>
<p>“We want Orange Shirt Day to be about the cause – the tragedy of residential schools and the ongoing intergenerational trauma that many Indigenous peoples experience.  Supporting reconciliation is more than wearing an orange shirt,” says Melissa Lundy, program manager for the Orange Shirt Society. </p>
<p>“It’s about learning the truth, remembering the children who lost their lives, and supporting future generations.”</p>
<p>The Orange company emphasizes that credit will always be given to the artists who create each design, including this year and all previous models. </p>
<p>For any inquiries on the use of the design should be sent to Melissa Lundy at programming@orangeshirtday.org.</p>
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