Students from across Alberta, grades K-12, are encouraged to submit original artwork to Safe and Caring for consideration in the 2017 Orange Shirt Day Logo Competition.
The winning logo will be selected by a panel of judges at Edmonton City Hall, during Aboriginal Week, at the end of May, and will be featured on the front of Alberta’s 2017 Official Orange Shirt.
Orange Shirt Day is the outcome of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in William’s Lake, BC. The name stems from Phyllis Webstad’s experience at St. Joseph’s Residential School, known to many survivors as The Mission. When Phyllis was first brought to The Mission as a six-year-old girl, she had her new orange shirt stripped from her, never to be seen again. That orange shirt was a gift from her grandmother, and the colour orange has since served as a reminder of the neglect and abuse she experienced in the residential school system.
Last year, St. Albert student Arlyssa McAurther’s artwork (pictured left) was selected from more than 375 submissions, by a panel of judges that included Indigenous community leaders, ATA (Alberta Teachers’ Association) representatives and Safe and Caring staff. Her logo was featured on the 900+ Official Orange Shirts sold through Safe and Caring.
- Contest is open to all Alberta students, grades K-12
- Submissions from individuals and classes will be accepted
- Designs must be original artwork and can be in any medium (pencil, watercolour, oil paint), so long as it can fit on the front of the orange shirt
- Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, May 23, 2017
To enter, please submit designs to Safe and Caring by May 23, 2017, either by mail or email. Be sure to include your name, age, the school you attend and any other information you think is relevant to your work.
Send by mail to:
Safe and Caring Schools & Communities
Room 226, 11010 142 Street NW,
Edmonton, AB T5N 2R1
Send by email to:
Leslie MacEachern, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep in mind that the winning logo will appear on the front of Alberta’s Official Orange Shirt, online and in various print materials. Design submissions must be able to scale in sizes for various formats. The official title for the Orange Shirt Campaign is Every Child Matters, as it has been in previous years. Students can choose to include the title in their artwork; however, it is not necessary.