Kamloops Rugby Club Kicks-Off 2021 Fall Season In Special New Jerseys

New design features permanent ‘Every Child Matters’ memorial arm band

For Kamloops Rugby Club, the new 2021 Fall Season kicked off in a special way.

Ahead of their opening Women’s Division 1 Mainland fixture against Simon Fraser Rugby Club, the Raiders launched the special new jersey their teams will play in this season.

Club alumni and jersey sponsor Troy Young approached Club Member Chris Chan to design the jersey, which features Kamloops’ traditional purple paired with orange in honour of Every Child Matters movement. The sleeve also bears a permanent “Every Child Matters” memorial arm band.

The jerseys will be auctioned off at the end of the season, with proceeds being shared by Thunder Indigenous Rugby and Kamloops Rugby Club youth development.

Kamloops Rugby Club - Jersey Launch

Special Ceremony at Exhibition Park

To mark the jersey launch, Kamloops Rugby Club hosted a ceremony at Exhibition Park ahead of the Women’s team’s 24-21 victory over Simon Fraser Rugby Club.

May George of the Coldwater Indian Band and Lucy Henry conducted the smudging. Devyn McMillan of the Syilx Territory Okanagan Indian Band performed prayer and drumming, alongside Hank Yamelst of the Pokheitsk Indian band. Territorial acknowledgement was presented by Jesse Olynk.

In May this year, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered on the site of a former Indian Residential School in Kamloops.

Kamloops Rugby Club posted on its website: “Rugby is one of the most inclusive sports worldwide. It doesn’t matter your shape, size, fitness level, or background – if you step out on the pitch with us, you are one of us: one in, all in.”

“Recently Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc took a very brave, very challenging step towards truth and reconciliation. They pulled the curtain back and revealed 215 children. Those 215 now number in the thousands.”

“To show support for our indigenous brothers and sisters, we have taken a moment to introduce a new jersey. This jersey alters our colours ever so slightly. Our purple remains true, but our gold has taken a slightly orange hue. We did this because orange is a colour that matters more than ever. More importantly, our jerseys bare a permanent memorial arm band, stating every child matters. Because every child, all children matter. To our indigenous brothers and sisters, we see you, we stand with you.”

For more information about Kamloops Rugby Club, visit their website.

For more information on Every Child Matters, visit the Orange Shirt Day website.