By Haley Grinder
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous artists are encouraged to submit t-shirt designs for Pink Shirt Day this year, with the added incentive of having their design featured nationally on pink shirts. There is also a $1000 cash prize for the winning submission.

Pink Shirt Day began as a small act of kindness in a small town in Nova Scotia. David Shepherd, Travis Price and a few of their teenage friends wanted to show their support for a grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. As such, they organized “the pink protest.” The movement caught wind, becoming a national occurrence on the last Wednesday of every February to show support against bullying.

The next Pink Shirt Day will fall on Feb. 23, however, the deadline for design submissions is on Oct. 29. The specifications require the artwork to be one solid colour, have no text, and avoid details smaller than a quarter inch. It also must be a maximum size of 10 inches by 10 inches.

For more information, visit or contact Kelly Landry, Director of Communications for Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council, at [email protected].