PRE-ORDER NOW FOR ORANGE SHIRT DAY. 100% OF GROSS PROFIT donated to ORANGE SHIRT SOCIETY.
For Orange Shirt Day, September 30, we bring focus to artwork by world-renowned Indigenous Canadian artist and visionary, Roy Henry Vickers.
In his words:
“My name is Roy Henry Vickers. I am Tsimshian, Haida, Heiltsuk, Wuikinuxv, and English. I also am adopted into the house of Walkus, so I move through this world as a member of the house of Walkus of Owikeeno and I carry the hereditary Chieftainship, Tlakwagila. I am a teacher, a healer, a visionary and a leader, and I am communicating to teachers, healers, visionaries and leaders.
Let us hear the painful stories, accept our sad legacy of Indigenous genocide and move forward to healing as a nation. It’s time for a great healing that will return our people to their strength, truth, and beauty. It’s time for working together as one people. We are all in this canoe together.
I am happy to be working in partnership with NoMiNoU because NoMiNoU stands for us being one. They honour artists through commission fees and royalties and give back to Indigenous cultures through various charities and by supporting emerging artists. Their products are Canadian, with their clothing designed, printed and manufactured in Canada. The designs I create for NoMiNoU are exclusive to NoMiNoU.
My life as an artist has been to teach people the beauty of the culture that exists in the Pacific Northwest. So in teaching my goal is for people to look at traditional Northwest Coast art and recognize what is good, and what is someone working at being good. My job as a teacher is to help people see the beauty of the art and it is my great pleasure to see someone wearing a shirt that has traditional Northwest Coast design on it. I expect to see Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest wearing these designs and what gives me great pleasure is to see someone who is not from the Pacific Northwest wearing the artwork as clothing, to show the world the beauty of the art of the Pacific Northwest.”
By ordering these original wearable art pieces by Roy Henry Vickers, you are directly supporting The Orange Shirt Society and their initiatives of educating and bringing awareness to the effects of Residential Schools and sharing the concept that “Every Child Matters”. For more information, please visit: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html
This artwork is about so many things, so many layers of pain and oppression.
This art shows the generations of tears for all who have suffered and continue to suffer a great pain brought on by the oppression of colonization. The face is the face of a woman indicated by the traditional placement of the lip labret, which was part of the art and culture for thousands of years prior to colonization.
Our culture has and always will be, matrilineal, it’s the woman whose crests and stories are handed down to the children. It’s the women who have shed generations of tears for children who were taken away and never returned. It’s the women who will lead the way to the healing that is needed.
Pre-orders available August 2, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Made in Canada
Designed, printed and manufactured entirely in Canada
Such as polyester made from post-consumer recycled BPA-free water bottles, rayon made from bamboo, and TENCEL™ fabric made from sustainably sourced wood, all printed with eco-friendly water-based inks
We compensate our artists with industry high commissions and royalties