In honour of Orange Shirt Day, the Survivors’ Secretariat sold custom “Every Child Matters” orange shirts designed by Indigenous artist, Montana Adams. All proceeds from the sale went to support the Secretariat’s work to uncover, document and share the truth about the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.
Adams, an Ojibwe/Chippewa artist from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, currently lives and works on Six Nations of the Grand River, partnered with Survivors’ Secretariat to develop a series of Every Child Matters designs. Secretariat staff and members of the board were invited to provide feedback and vote on which design would launch their fundraising campaign. The chosen design includes a baseball over the “i” in child, representing the importance of childhood play, which was often denied to the children while attending the institute. Each shirt bares the Survivors’ Secretariat logo along with an “Every Child Matters” custom design.
Survivors’ Secretariat gifted their first 50 “Every Child Matters” shirts to residents of Six Nations Iroquois Lodge. The Secretariat also gave away an additional 100 shirts out at their office the week of Sept 11-15.
The Survivors’ Secretariat extends their appreciation to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Jays Care Foundation for their participation in the 2023 campaign.