Indigenous artists are encouraged to submit t-shirt designs for Pink Shirt Day this year, with the added incentive of having their design featured nationally on pink shirts. There is also a $1000 cash prize for the winning submission.
Pink Shirt Day began as a small act of kindness in a small town in Nova Scotia back in 2007. David Shepherd, Travis Price and a few of their teenage friends wanted to show their support for a grade 9 boy who was being made fun of for wearing a pink shirt. As such, the students organized “the pink protest,” to take a stand against homophobic bullying. The movement caught wind, becoming a national occurrence on the last Wednesday of every February to show support against bullying.
The next Pink Shirt Day will occur on Feb. 23, 2022, however, the deadline for design submissions is Oct. 29. The specifications require the artwork to be one solid colour, have no text, and avoid details smaller than a quarter inch. It also must be a maximum size of 10 inches by 10 inches.
The winning Canadian artist will have their design be the face of Pink Shirt Day, and will also receive $2 of proceeds from every shirt sold. $3 of proceeds will be allocated to Indigenous Youth at Risk.
For more information on how to submit designs, visit https://www.indigenousprinting.ca/designcontest or contact Kelly Landry, Director of Communications for Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also preorder pink shirts at https://indigenouspinkshirt.com/.
Haley Grinder, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Columbia Valley Pioneer