The B.C. Lions will wear their Indigenous-themed logo in the club’s upcoming Orange Shirt Day game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, Sept. 30.
The logo was designed by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt last year and printed on 10,000 orange t-shirts accompanied by the slogan ‘Every Child Matters.’ The t-shirts were handed out to fans at B.C.’s Orange Shirt game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 24, 2021 in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This year, the Lions will give away another 10,000 t-shirts while wearing the logo on the field for the first time. They will also provide a minimum of 350 complimentary tickets and food vouchers to residential school survivors and their families and make a $20,000 donation to the Orange Shirt Society in partnership with corporate sponsors.
“We are extremely proud to be hosting the Orange Shirt Day game for our second year to show our support on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As an organization, we feel it is important to raise awareness for the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools and to engage with the Indigenous community in a positive way,” said the team’s director of community partnerships Jamie Taras in a statement.
B.C. will showcase current Indigenous athletes during the game against Ottawa and honour Elders from the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Métis Nations. The halftime show will feature drummers and dancers from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
“I’m delighted that the BC Lions Orange Shirt Day Game is taking place for another year. Last year my dream of honouring residential school survivors and their families at a Lions game came into reality. It is important that we continue to spread the message of Truth and Reconciliation,” said Phyllis Webstad, whose story was the inspiration for the first Orange Shirt Day in 2013.
“Although I won’t be in attendance at the game this year, I will be there in spirit and encourage everyone to wear Orange in support of the Lions and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.”