MAKE Donates $37k to Urban Native Youth Association

In May of 2021 MAKE began a fundraising campaign to raise money for a local non-profit known as Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA). 

MAKE arranged to sell a new series of hand-printed orange shirts online with 100% of the proceeds going to UNYA. Local indigenous artist KC Hall, who had worked with UNYA in the past, donated the design that features a graffiti design of an eagle and the slogan "Every Child Matters” and MAKE got busy printing in their new East Van studio.

The shirts were sold in our Granville Island and Gastown stores and online at in support of their goal of providing meaningful opportunities for indigenous youth. It wasn’t long before the shirts found their way across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Halifax to Nunavut, and then around the world! We received orders from all over the United States and as far afield as the Netherlands.

Stacks of photos of the hand-printed UNYA shirts.

"Even though MAKE was directly affected by COVID, we wanted to reach out to the community and support where we could," says MAKE founder Stacy Hall.

Lucas Riedl, the Director of Youth Engagement at UNYA said, “The Urban Native Youth Association is incredibly grateful to MAKE Vancouver for their generosity, and for their help in raising awareness about Orange Shirt Day in the community. We raise our hands up to everyone at MAKE for their ongoing support of Indigenous youth in Vancouver.”

On September 22, 2021 MAKE presented UNYA with a cheque for $37,393.00!

Read the CBC article by Courtney Dickson 

Robert Pacey and Stacy Hall of MAKE Vancouver present Lucas Riedl, of UNYA, with a cheque in the amount of $37,373.00