WHL teams with Orange Shirt Society before National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

CALGARY — The Western Hockey League and the Orange Shirt Society announced a new partnership on Thursday with initiatives to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day, formally called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, is a statutory holiday that will be held on Friday.

The WHL says its commissioned a special WHL Truth and Reconciliation logo, designed by Métis artist Kim Vizi-Carmen of Pinerock Graphics.

The logo will be worn as a helmet decal by all WHL players and officials from Friday through to Oct. 9.

Also, the WHL says it will be participate in the Orange Jersey Project in February.

That initiative was created by the Orange Shirt Society and it aims to use the power of sport to educate young athletes about the history of the Indian Residential school system and strengthening the path toward truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.

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