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Orange Shirt Day Design Contest

Natasha Root

2021 Orange Shirt Design Contest Winner 

Natasha Root is a Mi'kmaq Mixed Media artist born in Listuguj, Quebec who specializes in painting & digital designs.


She moved to Halifax for 3 years to focus on combining her Indigenous style of art that reflects on modern-day society which allowed her to be part of an Exhibition with Jordan Bennett and many other Artists. The Exhibition she took part in, travelled throughout the Maritimes into the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.


After her experience in Nova Scotia, she moved back to Quebec to pursue her art in her hometown which allowed her to complete over 30 logos for businesses all over Canada and the US. Her self-taught artwork is especially focused on Indigenous designs which allowed her to explore a brand-new style for the land of Mi'kmaki. She creates work for clients across Canada as a freelance artist and hopes to expand her talent across the nation.


Today, her work is inspired by the words of her late brother, whom she lost over a year ago tragically. He always told her to "Never Give up, Always Be You." His words are what she intends to express in her art. 

She is currently working for her hometown elementary school with many other local artists to create a resource for Indigenous studies. Her and many other talented artists will focus on Indigenous culture and hopefully expand the knowledge nationwide. 

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Natasha Root

2021 Orange Shirt Design Contest Winner 

My design is a reflection of love, resilience and strength for our children.

The design has an eagle (feather style) that protects the children who are grasping onto fallen feathers but also symbolizes falling leaves on a tree that is in the centre point of the design.


Children in residential schools have grown with strength - and this is the resilient story that the design tells.


Every Child is a warrior. Every child matters.

Timothy Foster

2020 Orange Shirt Design Contest Winner 

My name is Timothy Foster and I am Gitxsan from the house of Niisto in the Lax Seel clan.  I am honoured to have my design chosen for this orange shirt contest provided by Indigenous Printing and Office Solutions.


This chosen design was actually a memorial piece I created not long ago in remembrance of my late wife and son whom I lost in a span of 6 years.


I thought it would be fitting to enter the design into the contest as my late wife and I both understood the importance of the orange shirt day and what it meant and how hard and difficult it is to change and rid our future generation of the vicious cycles residential schools created in our families.


She also always had a dream of opening a food bank in our community to help others in hardship and having this design represent such an important cause. I believe is very fitting as it will help bring awareness to every child matters, which she a had a deep and loving passion for, not only our children but for all families and their children as well. Thank you and please stay safe.

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