for Orange T-shirt day, Monday September 30th, 2019.
This impactful artwork opens the conversation and depicts a strong message for the reconciliation, remembrance and education of residential schools history in Canada and for those it impacted. Partial proceeds from sales will go to Elder's programs in the community.
The artists' story behind the design:
The design is inspired by our elders and their struggle, their strength to overcome the hardships of residential school and their prosprerity. As children they were taken from their families, communities and subjected to abuse and trauma in residential schools. Children then and deeply scarred forever, they are now our strong elders showing the future generations we can overcome adversity and prosper.
The design shows young people wearing the drab clothing assigned to them sobbing with their cut braids on the ground and shoeless to show the neglect. Cut braids is symbolic to having their identity of culture, language, home and family taken away from them. The elders faces show the strength of a survivor and displaying their braids, their identity.