"Children are to be honoured, loved and respected and encouraged to thrive. This shirt reflects the multi-generational impact of Residential Schools and the resilience of those who survived."
Artist behind our Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day product designs
Native Northwest builds everyday connections to Indigenous cultures.
100% of the art featured on Native Northwest products is designed by Indigenous artists.
Native Northwest’s story began 40 years ago with a social worker, a rack of postcards, and the vision of building everyday connection to Indigenous cultures.
The values behind our brand originate with the founding reason for the company: Native arts and cultures, designed by Indigenous artists, built on a foundation of respect and authenticity. We tie authentic designs to bold, new concepts where artists can tell the stories of their communities and cultures through their distinct designs.
Native Northwest products are guided by the following principles:
Each of our exchanges, from the sourcing and compensation of Indigenous artists, to our staff and merchants, are part of a lifelong relationship between Indigenous cultures and the communities we pledge to honour and respect. Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook to follow our story.
Native Northwest operates on Musqueam, Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Here are a few of the Musqueam and Coast Salish artists Native Northwest has worked with (from left to right, top to bottom):
Proceeds from this year’s Every Child Matters orange shirts and accessories will be directed to the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund to advance Reconciliation by funding initiatives that support Indigenous wellness, learning, and culture. In its first year, orange shirt and accessory proceeds have already funded:
Since Inception, the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund is responsible for over 250 scholarships for Indigenous students.
We work with over 20 post-secondary institutions across Canada including, but not limited to: BCIT, Emily Carr University, Langara College, North Island College, UFV, UVic, Vancouver Island University, Capilano University, Kwantlen University, Native Education College, UBC, Vancouver Community College, and Yukon University.
We are proud to support the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society, Urban Native Youth Association, Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC, and more.
Our Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day products are designed by Indigenous artists and honour the cultures of Canadian Indigenous communities. By wearing an orange shirt we spread cultural & historial awareness continuing a much needed conversation around reconciliation in Canada.