Vernon-based forestry giant Tolko sponsoring national Orange Shirt Day contest

Tolko backs Orange Shirts

Vernon-based forestry giant Tolko is teaming up with the Orange Shirt Society for an Orange Shirt Day art contest.

Tolko is sponsoring the nationwide contest, which is open to all kindergarten to Grade 12 students.

The winning entry will become the official Orange Shirt Day design for the year.

The winner will also receive $200 and an in-person visit with Orange Shirt Society ambassador and founder Phyllis Webstad on Orange Shirt Day if travel is deemed safe.

“Kukstemcw, thank you, Tolko for sponsoring our annual orange shirt art contest,” said Webstad. “Because of our partnership with Tolko, I am excited that I can now meet the winner on Orange Shirt Day every year.”

Society president Jerome Beauchamp added Tolko’s contribution is “telling of their commitment to Indigenous communities, supporting education about residential school impacts, and the belief that Every Child Matters.”

“We are honoured to be able to continue our support to the Orange Shirt Society in sharing this message with youth, and all Canadians, as we make the journey together on Indigenous reconciliation,” said Bob Fleet, vice-president of environment and forestry with Tolko.

The 2022 contest is now open, and entries must be received by 9 p.m. Nov. 10. For contest rules and entry form, click here.

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