Last year, Qalipu First Nation launched its first annual logo contest for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Students across Canada from grades K-12 were invited to create artwork that represented the theme, goals and purpose of Truth and Reconciliation.
Kali Gill, a grade 9 student from Corner Brook Intermediate, was the winner of the 2022 logo contest whose prize included $250, books and cultural supplies, and a $500 donation to her school breakfast program. Kali would also have her winning logo featured on orange shirts produced by the Band the following year.
Kali explained her logo design and the impact of the residential school system on families and through generations.
“My artwork can be interpreted in different ways. It could show a mother remembering when her child was taken from her, or it could be a memory of herself as a survivor of the residential school. It represents the sadness and loss of so many innocent lives, like this little girl walking into the school with false hope. I drew the lady as an elder because even though time passes and we age, our teardrops hold memories that will never be forgotten.”
A limited number of orange shirts featuring Kali’s winning design now available for sale by calling Jason at 709-634-0411.
The shirts cost $15 each and all profit will be donated to an organization or charity that supports Truth and Reconciliation.
Keep an eye out for the 2023 logo contest which will be launched this week!