In light of the news that the remains of 215 children were found at a residential school in Kamloops, Home Hardware and SJA Promotions have come together for an Orange Shirt Fundraiser.
The shirts, designed by local Indigenous artist Alisa Froh, will be sold at Home Hardware beginning June 29, with all proceeds going toward the Fort St. John Friendship Society.
Froh said the design features a medicine wheel in the middle, which symbolizes strength, and leaves and vines around the outside, symbolizing growth and opportunity.
"I hope when people wear the shirt they feel strength come from the medicine wheel, and an opportunity to connect at a higher level of understanding with each other," Froh said.
Adaya Lindley, who is the Child and Youth Team Lead at the Friendship Society and is herself Métis, said the society is very grateful for the funds as it will help a lot of people the society works with.
"We at the Friendship Society pray for these children’s spirit journeys to finally return home, we pray for those that survived residential schools, and we pray for those who told people about these graves and went unacknowledged," Lindley said. "We hope people are being kind to themselves, and mindful of what they can do for their own wellness and healing journeys."
Organizers hope to raise around $3,000.
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