Lions announce details for 2nd annual Orange Shirt Day game
The BC Lions announced this morning the details surrounding our Orange Shirt Day Game on friday september 30 presented by will prosper Box and BC Hydro.
This initiative is the result of a unique partnership between the Orange Shirt Societythe Indian Residential School Survivor Society, the BC Violence Elimination Association and the BC Lions Football Club.
The Orange Shirt Day game is also supported by Fortis BC, Construction Pomerleau and Leavitt Machinery.
During the Week 17 game at BC Place, members of the Lions and the Ottawa REDBLACKS will proudly wear orange spit as a sign of recognition and respect for Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation– a federal holiday that occurs on September 30 of each year.
Dating back to 2013, the date of September 30 has been marked as Orange Shirt Day in recognition of survivors of Canada’s residential school system and their families.
“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,” says BC Lions, Director of Community Partnerships, Jamie Taras.
New for 2022, Lions will also sport the special Indigenous-themed logo on our helmets. The logo was designed by Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt. You can read more about the story behind this special logo design HERE.
“I am thrilled that the BC Lions Orange Shirt Day game will be held 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 is the inspiration to launch 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 Lions and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.”
The BC Lions Football Club will provide a minimum of 350 free tickets and food vouchers through the IRSSS to residential school survivors and their families. The first 10,000 fans through the doors will receive a free orange t-shirt that features the Corrine Hunt-designed logo along with the official Orange Shirt Society slogan, “Every child matters. The partnership will also provide a $20,000 donation to the Orange Shirt Society.
“Our Prospera team is deeply committed to expanding our understanding of Indigenous history and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and the communities where we live, work and play,” said TJ Schmaltz, chief of staff and legal director at Prospera.
“As part of our journey, we partnered with the BC Lions to deliver an Indigenous youth football program earlier this year and are proud to help educate our employees about Truth and Reconciliation. in the Orange Shirt Day game on September 30.”
The Orange Shirt Day game will also feature the theme “Sport is medicine.” Throughout the game, we will spotlight survivors who faced adversity through sport and also feature some current Indigenous athletes. In addition, elders from the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Métis nations will be present and honored throughout the evening.
New for 2022, our Indigenous Vendors Market will feature vendors in the lobby of BC Place who will have the chance to display and sell their various wares. A range of merchandise featuring our Corrine Hunt First Nations logo will also be available for purchase. 100% of proceeds from merchandise will go to the Orange Shirt Society and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and hosting residential school survivors and their families at BC Lions home games.
It will also be a special evening for entertainment. DJ Orene Askew (AKA DJ O Show of Squamish Nation) will be our featured in-game DJ while the halftime show will feature drummers and dancers from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
“We are honored to partner with the BC Lions to support Orange Shirt Day and be part of the change. Pomerleau’s three-year partnership with the BC Lions is part of our desire not only to foster closer ties with Indigenous communities, but also to create an impact that will make a difference in shaping our communities. », said Bradley Gunnlaugson, regional manager of Pomerleau in Vancouver.
Leavitt Machinery Executive Vice President and COOJohn Mutis:
“Leavitt Machinery is honored to be part of raising awareness for truth and reconciliation. The BC Lions Orange Shirt Day Game held on September 30 presents a forum where the level of awareness can be raised to thousands of people across the province.
Education on the significance of this important day should be far-reaching. What the BC Lions have done here to raise awareness of truth and reconciliation across Canada is to be commended. Leavitt Machinery’s training path is constantly evolving. We will continue to help drive education for years to come and lend our support in every way we can to such a worthy endeavour.