Locally Designed Orange Shirt For Prince Albert Now Available
September 14, 2021
Prince Albert will now have access to a locally designed Orange Shirt for those looking to honor Indian Residential School Survivors on Orange Shirt Day this September 30th. The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre, working with the City of Prince Albert through the Municipal Cultural Action Plan, completed a Call for an Indigenous Artist this year. The chosen artist, Ailah Carpenter, has created an ‘Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters’ design uniquely for Prince Albert.
“We all have a lot of work to move ahead on the path of reconciliation. Orange shirts remain an important symbol of support in that cause,” said Janet Carriere, Executive Director of the Prince Albert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. “Ailah is a talented young artist. Her design for Prince Albert is one of hope. I’m honored to have this design and what it represents, from a young indigenous artist right here in Prince Albert, on our shirts.”
The shirts features the artist design “Flying Back Home,” on the front. The design, described by the artist:
“Flying Back Home is a design for Orange Shirt Day, which shares a message of hope in four parts. One is hope in the form of strength, shown with eagle feathers; One is hope in endless purpose, represented with the stars; One is hope following change, represented in the life cycle of a butterfly; And one is hope in the form of future generations, presented in the children who stand united. This design is for everyone that’s been impacted by residential schools. With every step we make to honour lost loved ones, we are bringing our ancestor’s home.”
Ailah is a young indigenous artist that has called Prince Albert home for the past seven years. She graduated from Carlton Comprehensive High School and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan.
This design will be sold by the Prince Albert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre located at 1409 1 Ave East. Shirts sold will be used by the Centre to recoup costs of production.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Executive Director, Prince Albert Indian and Metis Friendship Centre
Arts and Cultural Coordinator