BC Lions to wear Indigenous-themed logo in Orange Shirt Day game against Redblacks

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The BC Lions will wear their Aboriginal-themed logo in the club’s next game on Orange Shirt Day against the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, September 30.

The logo was designed last year by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt and printed on 10,000 orange t-shirts along with the slogan “Every Child Matters”. The t-shirts were given out to fans during BC’s Orange Shirt game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on September 24, 2021 in honor of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This year, the Lions will give away 10,000 additional t-shirts while wearing the logo on the field for the first time. They will also provide a minimum of 350 free tickets and food stamps to residential school survivors and their families and donate $20,000 to the Orange Shirt Society in partnership with corporate sponsors.

“We are extremely proud to host the Orange Shirt Day game for our second year to show our support for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As an organization, we believe it is important to raise awareness of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools and to engage with the Indigenous community in a positive way,” said Director of Community Partnerships at team, Jamie Taras, in a statement.

British Columbia will feature current Indigenous athletes in the game against Ottawa and honor Elders from the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Métis nations. The halftime show will feature drummers and dancers from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

“I am thrilled that the BC Lions Orange Shirt Day Game is taking place for another year. Last year, my dream of honoring residential school survivors and their families at a Lions game came true. It is important that we continue to spread the message of truth and reconciliation,” said Phyllis Webstad, whose story inspired the first Orange Shirt Day in 2013.

“Although I won’t be at the game this year, I will be there in spirit and encouraging everyone to wear orange in support of the Lions and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.”

Charles P. Patton