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In 2021 MAKE partnered with UNYA, the Urban Native Youth Association, to print and sell orange t-shirts for Orange Shirt Day.
The design was donated by local indigenous artist KC Hall and 100% of the proceeds were donated to UNYA. We hoped to be able to contribute to the great work that UNYA was doing and we were overwhelmed to raise over $37,000!
This year MAKE, UNYA and KC Hall teamed up again and printed a new shirt design for Orange Shirt Day. The meaning of this year's design was summed up by KC:
“Behind the slogan is a human spirit that represents not only our living children but the ones who never made it home.”
On November 4th, 2022, MAKE's President Stacy Hall, and Courtney Dennler, MAKE's Development Manager, were pleased to present UNYA's CEO Cheryl Robinson and Lucas Riedl, UNYA'S Director of Youth Engagement, with a cheque in the amount of $26,758.00
L-R: Courtney Dennler, Cheryl Reid, Stacy Hall, and Lucas Riedl
This money will have an immediate impact and MAKE is so grateful to our amazing customers for helping us raise this amount. Thank you for helping us to help those at UNYA who run the programs for indigenous youth in our community.
“Not only has MAKE been an ally by increasing awareness about the Orange Shirt Day initiative, they have also donated over $65,000 to UNYA programming through these sales. These donations have directly benefited hundreds of local Indigenous youth by providing them with access to free cultural activities, employment and education workshops, and other opportunities at UNYA. We are so grateful to MAKE Vancouver, and thank them for their ongoing support and partnership!”
- Cheryl Robinson, CEO
Urban Native Youth Association
For more information on UNYA please visit their website: https://unya.bc.ca/
Follow indigenous artist KC Hall on Instagram
For more information on ORANGE SHIRT DAY and “Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” please visit https://www.orangeshirtday.org