Truth and Reconciliation Through Sports
Orange Jersey Project was born out of an idea. “What if we could use the power of sport to serve as a vehicle toward educating today’s young athletes. Orange Jersey Project is designed to encourage action for truth and reconciliation and can help educate athletes about the true history of the Indian Residential school system in Canada. Orange Jersey Project works to create awareness of the intergenerational impacts of Indian Residential Schools and strengthen the path toward truth and reconciliation with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples.
Registration will be opening September 30, 2023 which marks the 10th year anniversary of Orange Shirt Day and the 3rd year of the Orange Jersey Project.
2024/2025 season we are in the planning stages to release other sports for youth jerseys . Follow us here and on social media for more information.
LMS (Learning Management System) is Now Available for all qualified Minor Hockey Teams and all WHL Western Hockey League (Teams/Staff)
For Youth Teams U9 to U18
We welcome all Minor Hockey Teams across Canada. Teams are encouraged to get involved. Coaches and Team Managers can register their youth Minor Hockey teams, ranging from U9 to U18 to participate in the Orange Jersey Project. Teams who qualify will receive Orange Jerseys. We will be accepting the first 1000 registered Teams. ((Registration opens September 30, 2023))
Phase 1 of hockey is now Closed. Phase 2 is now Closed October 31, 2022.
Phase 3 Will be live for registration September 30,2023
For all Minor Hockey Teams U9-U18 Teams we will be accepting the first 1000 Teams.
Why orange jerseys?
Our idea was to give youth hockey players across Canada an orange jersey to wear at practice, so the players would ask the question “Coach, why are we wearing orange jerseys?” This simple question has the power to change how Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities live together.
Together, we can help our young athletes learn about the history of the Indian Residential School System and actively participate in reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Celebrate Indigenous Athletes Past & Present
Indigenous athletes, past and present, have excelled in sport. We can all agree that for young people to feel inspired and believe in their own greatness, representation is very important.
Call to action number 87 in the Truth and Reconciliation report invites us to celebrate and “provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.”
The Orange Jersey
Your team can help support the Orange Jersey Project.
Simply download our social media kit and start sharing!