CFL Football Players to Wear Orange in Honour of Residential School Survivors
VANCOUVER, BC – At their match up on September 24 at BC Place Stadium, professional football players from the BC Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be wearing orange spatting as part of their uniforms in recognition and respect for Canada’s first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a newly established federal statutory holiday that will be held September 30. Since 2013, this date has been marked as Orange Shirt Day in recognition of survivors of Canada’s Indian Residential School System and their families.
The BC Lions Football Club is providing 350 tickets to residential school survivors and other Indigenous partners for the game, which will be attended by thousands of people and watched in tens of thousands of homes across the country. This initiative is the result of a unique partnership between the Orange Shirt Society, the BC Lions Football Club, the Ending Violence Association of BC and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance that evening will receive, free of charge, a commemorative orange t-shirt through the support of game sponsors, the Government of British Columbia, BC Hydro and FortisBC. Featuring a stylized rendition of the BC Lions logo created by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt and the Orange Shirt Society’s official slogan “Every Child Matters,” the partners hope that these shirts will be worn on September 30 in support of the need for truth and reconciliation in Canada. This partnership is also supporting a $20,000 donation to the Orange Shirt Society for their 2021 campaign…