Congratulations to Grade 10 student, Charliss Santos, from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, this year’s winner of the Official 2023 Orange Shirt Day Design!
WHAT ORANGE SHIRT DAY MEANS TO ME
“Orange Shirt Day is a day of reminiscence, where we look back on our dark past and reflect on the actions we have given to the First Nations people. This day acknowledges and brings to life their struggles and hardships, especially during the Indian Residential School period. I wear my orange shirt to show my support for the Indigenous community and to tell them that they are not alone in their healing process”
WHAT MY DESIGN IS ABOUT
My design showcases an Indigenous child encompassed in two hands and surrounded by people, a heart, and an eagle. The child’s silhouette represents all the Indigenous children who suffered or were impacted by the Indian Residential schools. The people surrounding the child represent the strong communities of the Indigenous people and the way they support each other. The heart represents healing and forgiveness, and the eagle symbolizes acceptance, honesty, and freedom.
Charliss Santos, Grade 10 student from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada
Winner of the Official 2023 Orange Shirt Day Design