St. Albert student pens winning Orange Shirt Day design

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Edmonton, AB – The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities is pleased to announce the winner of the first Orange Shirt Campaign Design Competition.

St. Albert High School graduate, Arlyssa McArthur’s design has been selected as the logo of 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.

“We learned about residential schools in school and it is so sad,” said McArthur. “I want everyone to know that Every Child Matters.”

McArthur’s design was chosen from more than 375 submissions by a panel of judges that included First Nations community leaders, ATA (Alberta Teachers’ Association) representatives, and Safe and Caring staff.

“Safe and Caring Schools and Communities is honoured to partner with the ATA to lead the Orange Shirt Campaign in Alberta,” said Leslie MacEachern, “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. “I want to acknowledge the spirit within the youth that put on paper what their hearts and minds were feeling to help all children to feel safe. The submissions were amazing! Thank you for your gifts.”

Alberta’s Orange Shirt Campaign will run throughout the month of September, culminating on Orange Shirt Day, on Sept. 30. Albertans are invited to order their orange shirts featuring McArthur’s design, starting July 6th, through the Safe and Caring website

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Leslie MacEachern
Managing Director, Safe and Caring Schools & Communities
780-293-9833 | | @SafeAndCaring

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