Orange! It’s bright, it’s beautiful and wearing an orange shirt on September 30th has a meaning!

August 9th is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is a great day to show your support and get your shirt in time for Orange Shirt Day, which is on September 30th.

In the spirit of awareness, healing and reconciliation, Rogers has teamed up with Ojibwe artist Patrick Hunter to design a special orange t-shirt. The shirt is a tribute to the lives affected and lost through the residential school system, which saw more than 150,000 Indigenous youth sent away from their parents beginning in the 19th century. The last school closed in 1996.

“Each feather represents the four directions and the seven Grandfather teachings, as they are both recognized concepts by most Indigenous cultures in Canada,” said Patrick Hunter, who designed the t-shirt. “Eagle feathers are given to those that have gone above and beyond in service to their community. The feathers arranged in a sun formation would signify that those who didn’t make it out of the schools are with the universe now and not forgotten and we honour their lives.”

Click HERE  to purchase an orange t-shirt, with proceeds from sales to help Orange Shirt Society expand Indigenous education across Canada. The first 1,000 customers will receive a free children’s book by Orange Shirt Day’s Phyllis Webstad.