Everyone is invited to purchase an orange shirt and show their support for our nation's commitment to reconciliation and opening and continuing the discussion about residential schools. Customers are being charged the at-cost price, shipping and an additional dollar, which will be donated to the Orange Shirt Society. Calgary Catholic and the vendor are not benefitting in any way from sales (see the information on donation below).
The pop-up shop will remain open between August 16-22 with orders being delivered by the week of September 20. Please see the update from Chief Superintendent Dr. Bryan Szumlas below for important clarifying information about the campaign, logo, vendor and donation.
We received a number of inquiries regarding our pop-up shop for Orange Shirt Day and wanted to take this opportunity to provide some further clarification regarding the intent of this initiative. First and foremost, Calgary Catholic is committed to racial justice and working closely with our Indigenous team and Elders. We are being proactive in building awareness for this very important event, “Orange Shirt Day.” Thank you in advance for all those who are participating. Some of you have requested additional information. We hope the following will help you to show your support for this day.
This campaign was created in collaboration with our Indigenous team to help promote awareness and support amongst our communities about Orange Shirt Day and the efforts of the Orange Shirt Society. The Orange Shirt Society is a non-profit organization with its home in Williams Lake, BC where Orange Shirt Day began in 2013. According to the society’s website, “the purposes of our society are as follows:
We are proud of our unique Indigenous logo which was created in-house with close involvement, collaboration and approval from our Indigenous team, which includes our district Elder. The items in our pop-up shop feature our district’s Indigenous logo in order to ensure we aren’t infringing on artist copyrights. We have also received permission from the Orange Shirt Society to use the “Every Child Matters” slogan and they have also given us their approval for this campaign.
We recognize that Elite Promotional Marketing is not an Indigenous organization, however it is an approved district vendor for promotional items which is in accordance with public purchasing rules that we must follow.
The Orange Shirt Day pop-up shop is not a fundraising initiative and the Calgary Catholic School District is not benefitting in any way from sales. Customers are being charged the at-cost price plus shipping and then an additional $1 which, as mentioned, will be donated to the Orange Shirt Society. Calgary Catholic and the vendor (Elite Promotional Marketing) will not receive any profits or financial gains from the sale of items in the shop.
If you would like to find out more information about the Orange Shirt Society or would like to further support their work, we encourage you to visit their website where you can also make a donation of your own desired amount.
August 16 is the launch date of our district’s Orange Shirt Day online pop-up shop for staff, students and parents. The theme of “Every Child Matters” comes from our Indigenous community. Everyone is invited to purchase an orange shirt and show your support for our nation's commitment to reconciliation as well as opening and continuing the discussion about residential schools. The pop-up shop will remain open between August 16-22 with orders being delivered by the week of September 20. $1 from each sale will be donated to the Orange Shirt Day Society.