INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL CANADA, FOOTBALL CANADA, AND ORANGE JERSEY PROJECT JOIN FORCES IN A HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE RECONCILIATION ACROSS CANADA
OTTAWA — In a groundbreaking collaboration to promote education, understanding, and healing, Indigenous Football Canada, Football Canada, and the Orange Jersey Project proudly announce a powerful partnership aimed at fostering reconciliation and unity across the nation. This unprecedented alliance seeks to commemorate the legacy of the Residential Schools in Canada and contribute significantly to the ongoing efforts of truth and reconciliation in the country.
RAISING AWARENESS, INSPIRING CHANGE
With a shared commitment to creating a positive impact, Indigenous Football Canada, Football Canada, and the Orange Jersey Project will provide 150 teams across Canada with FREE Orange Jerseys. These symbolic jerseys represent more than just a uniform; they are a poignant reminder of the children who attended Residential Schools and an essential step toward raising awareness about the historical and cultural significance of this chapter in Canada’s history.
Alongside the Orange Jerseys, the partnership will introduce a comprehensive learning module designed to educate players, coaches, and communities about the profound impact of Residential Schools. This educational initiative will foster understanding, empathy, and dialogue, essential elements in the journey towards reconciliation.
COACHING AND ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
In addition to the educational component, Indigenous Football Canada and Football Canada are exploring opportunities to provide additional coaching and athlete resources. These resources will empower young athletes and coaches, ensuring they have the support needed to thrive both on and off the field.
A PLEDGE FOR UNITY AND HEALING
“This partnership signifies a collective commitment to healing, understanding, and unity,” says Kevin T. Hart, President and CEO of Indigenous Football Canada. “Sport has the power to transcend barriers. By joining forces, we leverage this power to educate, inspire change, and contribute to the healing process.”
Jeremy Boston, Project Manager of the Orange Jersey Project, states, “The Orange Jersey Project is more than just a jersey. It stands as a symbol for dialogue on education and awareness for both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. The colour orange prompts the initial question: Why orange?”
“The Orange Jersey Project is proud to announce our partnership with Indigenous Football Canada and Football Canada. This collaboration amplifies our mission and brings us closer to a future built on truth and reconciliation. Our youth athletes are the driving force that will propel us forward.”
Indigenous Football Canada, Football Canada, and the Orange Jersey Project invite individuals, communities, and organizations across Canada to get involved. Together, we can continue the vital conversation about Residential Schools, honor the survivors and their families, and create a better future for all Canadians.
Register Here: https://orangejerseyproject.ca/football/
For media inquiries, please contact:
Indigenous Football Canada
Jim Mullin, President
Orange Jersey Project
About Indigenous Football Canada
Indigenous Football Canada leads the national Indigenous football programming, aimed at the development and advancement of health and wellness, culture, mentorship, leadership, and social development for Indigenous youth and young adults through participation in sports development across Canada.
About Football Canada
In 2024, Football Canada will celebrate 140 years since its reincorporation in 1884. As the governing body for amateur football in Canada, we are dedicated to the development of grassroots football and representing Canada on the international stage. We uphold a strong commitment to equity in sport and strive to provide ample opportunities for players and coaches across touch, flag, and tackle disciplines. For more information, visit www.footballcanada.com.
About the Orange Jersey Project
The Orange Jersey Project is an initiative that aims to raise awareness about the history of Residential Schools in Canada. It originated as a means of remembrance and has evolved into a symbol of hope, conversation, and a bridge to understanding the experiences of Residential School survivors and their families. The project is dedicated to contributing to the healing process and fostering truth and reconciliation in Canada.