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.

The Orange Jersey
Project Objectives

To inform, educate, and engage with youth about the history of the residential school system

Promote truth and reconciliation throughout Canada

Promote physical and mental wellness of Indigenous youth through sport

Learning tools and resources will be provided by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Celebrate Indigenous Athletes Past and 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.”

We are honoured to welcome over 35 elite athletes, National Hockey League players, National Women’s Team players, and National Hockey alumni. Participating players represent various cultural backgrounds including Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), Ethan Bear (Carolina Hurricanes), Ryan Pulock (New York Islanders), Brian Trottier (NHL Hall of Fame Inductee), Women’s hockey Olympians Brigette Lacquette and Jocelyne Larocque, along with former Philadelphia Flyers great Reggie Leach.

Coaches and Managers: Register Your Team

If you would like to have your team participate in the Orange Jersey Project please complete the registration form.

Learning tools and resources will be provided by the Orange Shirt Society and Medicine Wheel and thanks to our generous sponsors at Canadian Tire, this program is at no cost to teams.

Once your team receives the orange jersey package, we invite you to dedicate several practice meets throughout the season to wear the orange jerseys and spend a few minutes acknowledging the Treaty Lands upon which you are playing and the Indigenous Peoples who reside there. We also invite your team to participate in team-building activities off the ice to work through the curriculum together.

See sizing chart for jersey sizes included in your age group.


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