August 10, 2017
Delburne Alberta student art selected as winning Orange Shirt Day design
Edmonton, AB – The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities is pleased to announce the winner of the annual Orange Shirt Campaign Design Competition.
Delburne Centralized School student, Amy Peters’ design has been selected as the logo for this year’s Alberta Orange Shirt Campaign and will be featured on the front of the official Alberta Orange Shirt, worn to honour residential school system survivors and to promote ongoing reconciliation.
“What Orange Shirt Day is to me” said Peters, “is a day for all citizens of Alberta and even Canada to remember the impacts of residential schools on our Aboriginal people and to promote reconciliation and healing within their communities as well as embracing First Nations Culture.”
Peters’ design was short listed from more than 380 submissions by a panel of judges that included First Nations community leaders, Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) representatives, Edmonton city council and Alberta provincial government representatives, and Safe and Caring staff. It was then selected through a process of community engagement at Aboriginal Days and on-line voting.
“Safe and Caring Schools and Communities is honoured to partner with the ATA to lead the Orange Shirt Campaign in Alberta,” said Leslie Ronaldson, “We are thrilled to have received so many submissions from all over the province. Recognizing the harm done to residential students demonstrates the commitment to participation in the work of reconciliation.”
Elder Wilson Bearhead, one of the judges for the contest wants to thank all of the students that submitted their artwork to the Orange Shirt Competition. “The spirit within the youth that put on paper what their hearts and minds were feeling to help all children to feel safe, is amazing! Thank you for all your gifts.”
Alberta’s Orange Shirt Campaign will run throughout the month of September, culminating on Orange Shirt Day, on Sept. 29. Albertans are invited to order their orange shirts featuring Peter’s design, through the Safe and Caring website www.safeandcaring.ca.
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Project Manager, Orange Shirt Day
Safe and Caring Schools & Communities
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