Artwork on shirts & flags:
Ktunaxa artist Carol Louie provided the art for the feather and ideas for the design. Robert Louie (Ktunaxa) and Denice Louie (Athabascan) completed the design work in collaboration with their summer youth worker Gabe Kobasiuk (Cree). Robert Louie is a residential school survivor. Most of his siblings also went to residential school.
“The heart with the broken lines was used to show how the residential school affected our people, our connections, our teachings. Though fractured, the hearts of our people continue and remain strong. And in all of our hearts, at the center of our communities are the little ones, our future – represented by the child’s hand. The eagle feather honours and recognizes all the children who were forced into residential school.”
Every Child Matters Shirts
These shirts are sourced from Ktunaxa-owned Legend Logos. They come in a variety of youth and adult sizes. They are $25, and $5 from the sale of each shirt will be donated to the Orange Shirt Society. Any remaining proceeds will go towards charities and non-profits that are endeavoring to do their part to deepen understanding and take action towards reconciliation. Each shirt is accompanied by a copy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. If you are a survivor or elder, or if you are unable to afford to pay for this shirt, the Columbia Valley Community Foundation has
Every Child Matters Flags
These flags are on sale for $65, and are sourced from Ktunaxa-owned Legend Logos. They are 36″ x 72″ (standard size flag) and come with grommets on the top and bottom of the left side. They have been approved by the Orange Shirt Society and have been smudged with sweetgrass and sage to honour the missing and the survivors of Residential schools. Each flag is accompanied by a letter from one of our local Indigenous Advisors, and a copy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. $15 from the purchase of each flag will be directed equally between the Orange Shirt Society, The Legacy Of Hope Foundation and the Residential School Survivors Society. Any remaining proceeds will go towards charities and non-profits that are endeavoring to do their part to deepen understanding and take action towards reconciliation.
“Please join us and begin this journey of healing for all Indigenous people by flying this flag in honour of all the missing children and to the survivors of these schools. Your support is so important to all of Canada and the flag reminds us that we all have work to do to unmask the truth.” – Jenna Jasek, Shuswap Band Member and Indigenous Advisor, Canada’s Outdoor Learning Store
Shirts & Flags are available at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce